How health care is funded

Authors: McKenna, H., Dunn, P., Northern, E. & Buckley, T.

Source: The King's Fund, March 2017.

The way that health care is funded varies between different countries. This report explains the main models used in the English context 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.

The report also cover’s user charges. Although no European or OECD country relies on user charges as a primary source of health care funding, all countries incorporate at least some element of user charging into the funding mix.

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