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The ILC-UK has today published a discussion paper, 'The Future of Health', which argues that the Government must begin to explore the long term options for paying for health.

The Future of Health argues that we will see greater demands on health in the context of an ageing society, greater expectations, a better informed health consumer, and new drugs and health technologies. The discussion paper warns that even real increases in health spending may not meet growing levels of demand.

Ahead of the presentation of The Future of Health at the 6th World Ageing & Generations Congress, Baroness Greengross, Chief Executive of ILC-UK said

“While the Health Service struggles to meet our needs today, it certainly won't do so in the future unless we fundamentally question how we pay for it. Whilst politicians have been wary of debating the sacred cow of a centralised funded NHS, they have a responsibility to think to the long term. We must start a debate how the Health Service should be funded in the long run. If taxation won't bring in enough to spend on health, we have to look seriously at other sources of funding including, for example co-payments for those who can afford it.

Download a copy of 'Future of Health' here

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