Rationing health care: is it time to set out more clearly what is funded by the NHS? – Nuffield Trust – 27 February 2012

Posted on February 28, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Rationing health care: is it time to set out more clearly what is funded by the NHS? – Nuffield Trust – 27 February 2012

…”Rationing health care: is it time to set out clearly what is funded by the NHS? by Dr Benedict Rumbold, Vidhya Alakeson and Professor Peter Smith, examines both the feasibility, and the advantages and disadvantages, of setting out explicitly the care patients are entitled to, in the form of a nationally specified NHS ‘benefits package’.

It draws on the experience of countries that have sought to explicitly define the health care benefits that their publicly-funded health systems will pay for.

The report outlines the current system in which decisions for determining which treatments are funded by the NHS are arrived at implicitly. It makes several recommendations for how the system could be improved. These include:

Establishing a set of principles that would shape how public money is spent in the NHS;
Producing a national list of the treatments that public money should not be spent on in the NHS (unless there are exceptional circumstances);
Ensuring that decision-making by clinical commissioning groups is transparent.”

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