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Public may accept national insurance rise to boost NHS funding, say experts

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5791 (Published 26 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5791
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The general public could be willing to accept a rise in their national insurance contributions if specifically earmarked for the NHS, experts have told peers.

Peers on the House of Lords committee for long term sustainability of the NHS quizzed witnesses during an evidence session on 25 October about how public support for NHS funding was matched by a willingness to pay for it and how.

They asked how politicians could most easily boost NHS funding, such as by introducing a publicly acceptable tax rise or a hike in national insurance contributions.

Ben Page, chief executive of the market research company Ipsos MORI, giving evidence, said, “Some sort …

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