UK health spending growth slowed

Blackpool Citizen: Britain spends a lower proportion of its GDP on health services than every other G7 country apart from Italy, figures reveal Britain spends a lower proportion of its GDP on health services than every other G7 country apart from Italy, figures reveal

Britain spends a lower proportion of its economic output on health services than most of the G7 countries, a new report has revealed.

Between 1997 and 2012, t otal UK healthcare expenditure as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) measured amongst the lowest of the G7 countries, with only Italy spending less as a share of their GDP, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found.

Spending for health services "slowed significantly" between 2009 and 2012, the ONS said.

The ONS said that growth of healthcare between 1997 and 2009 was "strong" with an average annual growth rate of 8%.

But since 2009 growth slowed to an average of 1.6% each year, the ONS said.

In 2012 total health expenditure in the UK was £144.5 billion.

The report states: "The main driver for the global increase in healthcare expenditure as a proportion of GDP in 2009 was that, following the global financial crisis, GDP in each of the G7 countries fell significantly.

"Total healthcare expenditure as a share of GDP was measured amongst the lowest of the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, USA) with only Italy spending less as a share of their GDP across the series."

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "By taking difficult financial decisions, we have been able to increase that NHS budget in real terms, with public healthcare expenditure experiencing its biggest increase since 2010.

"With an ageing population the NHS is dealing with more people than ever before, lots of whom need long-term, round-the-clock care from dedicated health professionals, and to meet that rise in demand, the NHS must continue to become more efficient while ensuring compassionate care for all in the wake of the Francis Inquiry."

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9:17pm Thu 1 May 14

welshmen says...

Stop the foreign aid, give a £billion to the NHS get it running correctly, this summer we'll have thousands of NHS tourist come to our Country to have expensive medical operations or have their children born here with the all important tag (free benefits for life) all at our pleasure to pay for through our Tax's....
Stop the foreign aid, give a £billion to the NHS get it running correctly, this summer we'll have thousands of NHS tourist come to our Country to have expensive medical operations or have their children born here with the all important tag (free benefits for life) all at our pleasure to pay for through our Tax's.... welshmen
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