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NHS Confederation calls for compulsory insurance to fund care of elderly people

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39563.599977.DB (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:983
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The United Kingdom should bring in compulsory insurance to cope with the care needs of the growing elderly population, argues the NHS Confederation, the body that represents the managers and directors of NHS trusts across the UK.

    Its debate paper Funding Tomorrow Today says that the current social care system is unable to deliver targeted social care to all those who could benefit from it, let alone universal provision.

    And things are only going to get worse, it says. The number of UK people aged over 65 years will rise by 400 000 over the next three years, the paper estimates, with a particularly steep rise occurring in the number of people aged over 85. Currently a quarter of people aged over 85 have some …

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