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04
Jul

Coming soon: Pay for your NHS


A report from the Independent states that the NHS could start charging for some services and treatments within the next 10 years, following new research that suggests austerity measures will make the current system unsustainable.

A report from the Independent states that the NHS could start charging for some services and treatments within the next 10 years, following new research that suggests austerity measures will make the current system unsustainable.

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), radical changes in the NHS are needed to keep up with an aging population and rise in chronic conditions.

The research concludes that “serious thought” must be given to NHS spending, include a decision on which services should be free. There must also be increases in taxation to finance the service, it said.

This opens up the prospect that the NHS would no longer be free at the point of use for some patients, some of the time. It could mean, for example, some patients beingcharged for GP appointments or IVF or treatments for non-urgent conditions.

IFS deputy director Carl Emmerson, who co-wrote the report, said: “The last decade saw the NHS receive large increases in its funding, but the outlook for the 2010s is in sharp contrast to this.”

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