Originally posted on HaCIRIC website: 23 June 2011 by James Barlow
In the next 10 years the UK must spend perhaps £1.0-£1.5 trillion on health and social care - just to stand still. If we want to deal with aging and create a truly world class care system, it will cost at least £2 trillion. The future looks even bleaker in the longer term. In 20 years, according to Andrew Lansley, real terms health spending could more than double to £230 billion a year, if things carry on unchanged. That's more than £100 billion a year on top of today's already large NHS bill.
So we must think far more radically in all these areas.