News articles supporting the case for low cost healthcare insurance and health cash plans


The Nuffield Trust has reported that the only way they can see that the NHS could close its’ funding gap is by extending waiting times, restricting surgery, rejecting new drugs and closing hospitals.

Hospitals have reduced their costs by 2% annually over the last few years but staying at this level would leave the NHS £5.7 billion short of its target for savings of £22 billion by 2020 to 2021.

Hospitals are becoming 3% busier each year as the elderly population increases and new treatments are required therefore Dr Gainsbury of the Nuffield Trust believes that ‘rationing’ of certain parts of the NHS service could be the only way to slow the growth in requirement for NHS services.

Concern over the funding shortfall is shared by Diane Abbott, the shadow health secretary who believes ‘no one has any idea how the funding shortfall gap can be closed’

Equally Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers stated that NHS trusts were in an unsustainable position with a ‘widening gap between what they are expected to deliver and the funding they are receiving’.

As the NHS funding crisis worsens, Orchard Healthcare is concerned that waiting times will be further extended and long terms absence from work due to illness will increase impacting on individuals, businesses and employers.  Joining a health cash plan provides cash back towards self funding for specialist consultation, diagnostics and health screening enabling you to take control of your health and reduce the pressures on the NHS.

For more information please call us on 01905 729090.

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