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Healthcare in the UKUnderstanding continuity and change$
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Ian Greener

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346094

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.001.0001

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Funding the NHS

Funding the NHS

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(p.113) Five Funding the NHS
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Healthcare in the UK
Author(s):

Ian Greener

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.003.0012

This chapter examines the general taxation funding of the NHS, one of the distinctive organisational feature of the NHS. It explains that the principle of funding health services from general taxation is redistributionary, under which the richer in society are helping to subsidise those who might not otherwise be able to afford healthcare. The remains are funded primarily from general taxation, but there is a significant move towards utilising private financing for capital expenditure and incorporating private providers to create competition for care contracts.

Keywords:   NHS, funding, general taxation, health services, private financing, capital expenditure, care contracts

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