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Making social care free for over 65s could save NHS £4.5bn a year

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2337 (Published 24 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2337
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Making social care free for patients aged over 65 would enable the NHS in England to ultimately save £4.5bn (€5.1bn; $5.7bn) a year by allowing elderly people to receive more care in the community, a think tank has claimed.1

The recommendation comes in a report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) which said that, to deliver this, spending on social care for over 65s would first need to rise from the current £17bn a year to £36bn by 2030.

The IPPR suggested that a rise in income …

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