Healthy finances: options for funding an NHS spending increase
- Document type
- Bangham, George; Corlett, Adam; Whittaker, Matt
- Resolution Foundation
- Date of publication
- 12 June 2018
- Health Services, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
- Social welfare
- Material type
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This briefing looks at the scale of future NHS spending and speculates on how the government may meet those costs.
- While a National Insurance rise would be progressive across the income distribution, it would be unfair from a generational perspective as those over state pension age would not be asked to contribute.
- A better approach in this area would be to extend National Insurance contributions to the earnings (and to some elements of occupational pension income) of those above the state pension age.
- Putting health funding on a generationally fair footing should also involve major reform of the UK’s approach to wealth taxes – particularly council tax.
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