'Taxes should rise for NHS care'

More than half of patients believe taxes should rise to ensure the NHS can continue to provide healthcare in the long term, a survey suggests.

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'Affordable way to pay' for long-term care needed

Few, if any, societies have truly faced up to the magnitude of the crisis of long-term care. All too often the debate over finance seems to overshadow the scale and gravity of the wider challenge which is, and always should be, delivery of quality care for patients.

The onus is on a wide group of leaders to come up with an affordable way to pay for the care today's society will need, tomorrow. It's encouraging to see a heavy dose of realism, with many patients accepting that the Government can't be expected to cover all costs unless taxes rise substantially or major savings are made elsewhere.

– Andrew Hine, UK head of health at accountancy firm KPMG

One in six not confident future NHS needs will be met

A survey of 1,000 patients, conducted on behalf of accountancy firm KPMG, reveals concerns about the NHS' capabilities to provide long-term healthcare in the future.

  • 82 percent believe the Government should pay for long-term care.
  • 54.4% agree that taxes have to increase to ensure long-term healthcare needs are met.
  • Around one in six (16.4%) are not confident that the NHS would be able to meet their needs in the future.
  • Only 12% said they were 'very confident' that it could meet their long-term healthcare needs.
  • One in 10 patients believe they will have to pay for their healthcare in the future.

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Patient survey: 'Tax rises needed to pay for the NHS'

54% of adults surveyed agreed taxes have to increase to ensure long-term healthcare needs. Credit: Press Association

More than half of patients believe taxes should rise to ensure the NHS can continue to provide healthcare in the long term, a survey suggests.

A poll of 1,000 adult patients from England and Wales found that 54.4% agree that taxes have to increase to ensure long-term healthcare needs are met.

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