NHS cash props up private health sector as recession cuts private patients’ spending

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 22 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3356
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

Private healthcare providers carried out significantly more NHS funded work between 2006 and 2012 than during previous years, while demand for privately funded care fell, a detailed new analysis has shown.

The report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Nuffield Trust noted that public spending on healthcare in the United Kingdom grew at a rate of 5% a year between 1997 and 2011, whereas average growth was 2.9% between 1975 and 1997.1

But while growth in private health spending, which had previously averaged 7.2% a year, slowed to just 3.8% a year between 1997 and 2011, the volume of NHS care delivered by private providers increased substantially, going up by almost £3bn (€3.5bn; $4.5bn) between 2006 and 2012.

This trend was exemplified by a 50% rise in …

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