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The King's Fund -
The NHS is experiencing the longest and most severe slowdown in funding in its history. This has raised questions about the sustainability of its funding model. The way that health care is funded varies between different countries. This document explains the main models used to finance health care: taxation, private health insurance and social health insurance. It outlines how each model works in its purest form, while recognising that most countries typically pay for health care using a combination of methods. It also looks at user charges.
Centre for Health Economics -
This research investigates whether quality of care differs between public and private hospitals in England with data on 3.8 million publicly-funded patients receiving 133 planned (non-emergency) treatments in 393 public and 190 private hospital sites. The authors found no quality differences between hospitals specialising in planned treatments and other hospitals, nor between for-profit and not-for-profit private hospitals.
Sustainable Development Unit -
This workbook aims to provide practical guidance for organisations in the health and social care sector to embed labour standards considerations into procurement and supplier management activities. It also aims to build awareness of labour standards risks in modern supply chains serving the health sector, so that these can be addressed proactively and constructively.
Faculty of Public Health (FPH) -
The FPH Board requested a survey of directors of public health in England to gauge the level of involvement of key local public health staff in local authorities and the NHS. The online survey was conducted during December 2016 and January 2017, and an initial summary analysis of responses was reported to the FPH Board in February 2017. This report presents the results of the survey and identifies the key public health challenges and influences in the effectiveness of the public health and preventative elements of the STP.
Local Government Information Unit -
This report looks at the home care market and the prices at which care is purchased across England.
Regional Voices -
This paper highlights the need to support patients to better manage their own health and the need for greater recognition of the potential for voluntary and community services contribution towards this. The discussion paper outlines the benefits of promoting self-care approaches and the briefing for the voluntary and community sector contains case studies.
Friends of the Earth Europe -
This briefing discusses the links between access to green spaces and improved health and wellbeing. It examines evidence on the association between nature and wellbeing and calls for increased efforts to provide accessible and well-maintained natural areas, particularly for disadvantaged groups.