A centrally funded health service, free at the point of delivery

Delamothe, Tony
June 2008
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);6/21/2008, Vol. 336 Issue 7658, p1410
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the financial aspects of the National Health Service (NHS) of Great Britain. The NHS is financed through taxation, patient charges, and National Insurance, the largest portion coming from taxation. The need to define necessary health care in a universal way is examined and the increase in NHS spending due to ambiguity is discussed. Potential changes in the management of NHS finances are examined and the feasibility of increasing patient charges is analyzed. Comparisons between Great Britain and the U.S. are also made in terms of the amount of money spent on health care. INSET: NHS pledges on charges.


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