NHS charging and rationing ‘may be needed’

by admin | 4th July 2012

NHS charging and rationing ‘may be needed’

More rationing of care and charging for services in the NHS need to be considered as it faces at least a decade of austerity, experts say.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies says the coming years will be the toughest since the early 1950s when dental and prescription fees were introduced.

Other measures, including tax rises, could also form part of the solution.

And the review says decisions on the NHS – and social care – will have an impact on other public services too.

This is because of the huge amount of the public purse they consume.

The NHS alone accounts for nearly a quarter of public spending.

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By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News

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