AOC and Sanders tout NHS after video of Brits gasping at US healthcare goes viral

The New York congresswoman and Vermont senator highlighted how normal the concept of free healthcare is in the UK A number of progressive American politicians have tweeted PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) Ambulance call out? $2,500. Childbirth? $30,000. Our NHS is not for sale, pic.twitter.com/q9z4r6Ni6g the UK government pays about half what the US does towards healthcare spends more than $10,000 a year on healthcare, and 52% of all debt collection actions include unpaid medical bills. A significant number of Americans go broke trying to pay off their medical debt 45,000 Americans die annually because they dont have healthcare. As one Brit in the video succinctly puts it: Man, so if youre poor, youre dead. The takeaway message from Brits in the video …

UKs health data guardian sets a firm line for app development using patient data

The UK’s health data watchdog, the National Data Guardian (NDG), has published correspondence between her office and the national privacy watchdog which informed the ICO’s finding in 2017 that a data-sharing arrangement between an NHS Trust and Google-owned DeepMind broke the law. The exchange was published following a Freedom of Information request by TechCrunch. In fall 2015 the Royal Free NHS Trust and DeepMind signed a data-sharing agreement which saw the medical records of 1.6 million people quietly passed to the AI company without patients being asked for their consent. The scope of the data-sharing arrangement — ostensibly to develop a clinical task management app — was only brought to light by investigative journalism. That then triggered regulatory scrutiny — …