Options for funding the NHS and social care in the UK
Oct 7, 2019
Funding Options for the NHS and Social Care in the UK
Published in: The Health Foundation (February 2019)
Posted on RAND.org on February 20, 2019
The demand for health and social care in the UK is growing, as a result of an ageing population and the increasing range of health care made possible by medical advances. Considerable additional funding will be needed in future. In this paper we report research providing new evidence about the preferences of the general public with regard to the various ways of raising the additional funds that NHS and social care in the UK will require, ranging from taxation to mandatory insurance, to voluntary insurance, to user charges.
We conducted focus groups with members of the public in all four UK countries and used the findings to design a discrete choice experiment (DCE). In the DCE, with a total of 2,756 respondents, we tested people's preferences between different ways of funding health care and social care by asking them to make a series of choices between pairs of options. The DCE results show that:
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