NIHR “democratizing clinical research” and providing unprecedented access to citizens across the UK. Read about the success story and lets think about how we can incorporate any lessons learned on this side of the pond!

There are clear differences between the UK and US health systems. As the Guardian reports “unlike the US and, indeed, most countries, the NHS is one huge integrated health system in which patients can be tracked—if they choose to allow it—from birth through their single NHS number.”  There are clear limitations with a more nationalized system.  In some cases there is a “postcode” lottery where treatments are available in one area but not another.  In the US treatment dependent on types of doctors a patient has access to and insurance options.  And of course in many cases insurance coverage precludes participation in clinical research.

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Source: The Guardian

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