Health spending

Fact checks about increases and decreases in funding of the NHS, including the number of hospitals being built and record levels of funding

3 February 2017

Health tourism savings won't plug the hole in NHS funding

Estimates show health tourism costs up to £300 million a year, but savings from this alone won't fill the gap in funding for the NHS.

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Health tourism savings won't plug the hole in NHS funding
23 January 2017

Global health spending: how does the UK compare?

Compared to countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, health spending in the UK as a proportion of GDP was above average in 2014.

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Global health spending: how does the UK compare?
13 January 2017

NHS spending is going up, but other health spending isn’t

Government plans will see £5 billion rise in overall health spending in England by 2020, once you adjust for inflation.

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NHS spending is going up, but other health spending isn’t
12 January 2017

The government has misquoted the head of NHS England on spending plans

The government has misquoted a statement from Simon Stevens in 2015.

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The government has misquoted the head of NHS England on spending plans
21 October 2016

The cost of training a doctor

The government estimates that it costs £230,000 overall to get the average student through medical school. “The taxpayer” doesn’t pay for all of this because some comes in student loans.

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The cost of training a doctor
19 October 2016

NHS trusts in deficit

The latest figures show that 75% of acute trusts (hospitals) are in deficit.

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NHS trusts in deficit

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