We challenged our readers to write an essay for ‘The NHS if’ series that would that would explore a future scenario for the NHS, considering the potential impact on the health system and wider society. Now, you can read the competition winner and runner-up.
Our winning essay looks at how the NHS might change if the government increased taxation and used this money to fund services closer to home.
The founder of the welfare state would be bemused by health and care in 21st century Britain
Reducing the carbon footprint of the NHS could improve health today as well as in the future.
Obesity is now reaching ‘epidemic’ proportions, Dave Buck imagines a world in which obesity has been eradicated.
Antibiotics save millions of lives every year, but antimicrobial resistance threatens the future of medicine as we know it.
Precision health will transform health care economies around the world.
Offering everyone the opportunity to start taking a polypill on their 55th birthday could dramatically reduce the number of deaths from stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Would charging people to visit a GP raise funds for the NHS or add to the care burden by having a negative impact on people’s health?
What if leadership teams in the NHS were as diverse as the populations they serve?
With an ageing population, rising demand, and pressures on workforce and funding, getting care right for older people is crucial.
‘The NHS if’ is a collection of essays published by The King’s Fund that explores hypothetical scenarios and their impact on the future of health and care.
We are asking a small number of experts – some of them members of staff at The King’s Fund and others external experts in their fields – to write short essays that consider ‘what if’ questions about health and care in England. We’ll be publishing these essays on this website throughout 2016.
Our aim is to encourage new thinking and debate about possible future scenarios that could fundamentally change health and care. The essays cover three themes: the NHS and society; medicine, data and technology; and how the NHS works.
In each essay, the author gives their informed but personal view of a possible future. We invite you to let us know what you think and join the debate by adding your comments below the essays or by tweeting using the hashtag #NHSif.
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