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The King's Fund has recently stated that: "The 10 years up to
2020-21 are likely to see the largest sustained fall in NHS spending as a share
of GDP in any period since 1951."
The share of the economy provided to health is set to shrink by between
0.7 and 1% between 2009 and 2020 taking the figure back to that last seen in 2008.
With this raises concerns from NHS Trusts on the sustainability of
funding. The chief executive of the
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust Susan Acott stated that the current model for
funding the NHS could be under threat if health reforms failed.
She suggested extra charges might need to be levied for healthcare in
Ms Acott said: "Either the income has got to go up and the
efficiency has got to increase and there has to be a serious public health
issue as the Simon Stevens plan suggests, but if all of those three parts
aren't fully implemented and given the complete focus and energy that they'll
need, then I think we have a serious question to ask about whether the system
that we know and love continue in a tax funding - free-at-the-point-of-use -
With concerns over NHS funding and the possible need to look at charging
for the NHS; being in a health cash plan such as Orchard Healthcare provides
the financial support to access paid for medical treatment at an affordable
cost. Whilst the NHS can be struggling to provide specialist consultations or
access to diagnostic treatments paying for these treatments through a health
cash plan ensures quicker access and the chance to get a diagnosis faster
providing peace of mind or swifter access to treatment.
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