Solidarity-based health systems and the importance of mutuals
13th January 2015
In a piece for Policy Review, Marc Bell looks at why mutuals matter within solidarity-based health systems.
With NHS principles currently dominating debate in UK politics, benenden health has reflected on the make-up of the wider health sector within the European Union in a piece for think-tank ‘Policy Review’.
Recently, the European Commission has started to consider the performance of different health systems within its sphere of control. Therefore, our Chief Executive Marc Bell spoke to the European think-thank ‘Policy Review’ regarding a major strength of European health systems - the element of ‘solidarity’, a common core principle across many health systems and within mutuals such as Benenden Health.
In this new piece, Marc outlines the principle of solidarity as a common factor between two frequent types of systems within the EU: our publicly-funded NHS model in the UK and the ‘Social Health Insurance’ model financed mainly by social contributions. Solidarity is the same principle that underpins the NHS and is the backbone of mutuals.
Marc states in the article: “Mutuals, such as benenden health in the United Kingdom and ‘Danmark’ in Denmark, prove that the mutual model has an enduring relevance in both health systems although they are more common in the social health insurance models.”
The article goes on to conclude that European member states need to be conscious and proud of the strength of their health systems and to preserve this common trait of European health systems.
The full interview of Marc Bell is available on Policy Review.