Not that any of us should have been surprised.
What’s especially galling is when budget increases are used to hire more bureaucrats, yet taxpayers get nothing of value in exchange.
That’s certainly the case in the United States, where education bureaucracies (and education spending) have dramatically increased, yet there has been no concomitant increase in educational outcomes.
Another example comes from the United Kingdom where the government-run National Health Service gets more money and more bureaucrats every year, as explained in CapX by Fiona Bulmer, yet there’s never an improvement in health outcomes.
Indeed, these five sentences are a perfect example of government bureaucracies in action.
…the NHS in England employs the full time equivalent of 1.2 million people, nearly 200,000 more than they did in 2012.
…in 2021, the NHS was around 16% less productive than before the pandemic.
…one of the managers lamented to me that he could schedule a maximum of four knee operations a day but in the private sector they manage eight a day.
…7m people on NHS waiting lists.
The NHS, like all organizations where users have no choice defaults to accommodating the providers not the consumers.
I’m left with two conclusions after reading those depressing numbers.
Courtesy of International Liberty.
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