NHS expenditure in the UK

The NHS overall expenditure has increased dramatically since the early 1990s with a much lower growth for medicines expenditure. Inflation explains some of the increase, but the NHS has also invested in more staff (with additional costs for increased salaries and pensions), as well as investment in equipment and buildings and improved access to services. Nevertheless, productivity (the ratio of inputs to outputs as measured by the Office for National Statistics [ONS]1) fell by 3.3 per cent from 1995 to 2008, an annual average decline of 0.3 per cent.

Figure 1 – Total NHS and medicines expenditure in the UK, 2002–2010

Total NHS and medicines expenditure in the UK, 2002–2010
Source: OHE Guide to UK Health and Health Care Statistics, 2011 


Figure 2 – NHS and medicines expenditure per person in the UK, 2002–2010 

 

NHS and medicines expenditure per person in the UK, 2002–2010  
Source: OHE Guide to UK Health and Health Care Statistics, 2011
 

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