HC Deb 12 March 1981 vol 1000 cc410-1W
Mr. Michael Brown

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, in his examination of alternative methods of financing the National Health Service, he is including other countries such as the United States of America.

Dr. Vaughan

The studies we are making of the way in which other countries finance their health services cover most developed Western nations, including the United States of America. Although there are many lessons we can learn from American experience, I do not believe, however, that the general system of health care funding in the United States offers an appropriate model for this country to adopt.