Our UK NHS service is the envy of the world. We are very proud of it. It is successful. We want it to be yet more successful. Nothing in what we say here should in any way be read as critical of our NHS GPs. In offering services outside of the NHS that our customers pay for, we believe that we complement the NHS service and free up its resources to deal with cases of need or urgency.
What many people perhaps do not realise is that:
In summary, the NHS is a highly successful service, of which we are all proud. It clearly outperforms healthcare services in many other developed countries, despite costing much less than most of them. It is a fair and considerate service, free at the point of use, exempting those with low incomes, such as pensioners and students from paying, and is receives constant investment. It has been shown that patient satisfaction and public confidence with the NHS is higher than most countries, thanks to its continuous improvement. However, there is always more to do; particularly with adoption of available technology to benefit its patient customers.
1. Source: Daily Express and Mailonline 10 June 2015. Figures based upon 24.6 million tax payers and £115bn cost of NHS England in 2015-16 rising to £5,283 in 2020-21. A similar figure was calculated by the British Medical Journal on 5 July 2008 at £3,500 for each of the (then) 30 million working population using older NHS data for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as a whole
2. Doubling of NHS costs which says NHS net expenditure has increased from £49.021 billion in 2001/02 to £104.333bn in 2011/12. The 2013 Budget indicated that expenditure for 2012/13 amounted to around £106.6bn (£102.9bn resources and £3.7bn capital). The cost of NHS England for 2015-16 is £115bn.
4. Karen Taylor, Centre for Health Solutions, Deloitte (January 2013)