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Funding the NHS

Ian Greener

in Healthcare in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861346094
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302490 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.003.0012
Funding the NHS

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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

Chapter.  9407 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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