The next 50 years: is the NHS financially sustainable?

The King's Fund

Event highlights

With the NHS facing a virtual freeze in its spending to 2014/15 and prospects for little or no real funding increases for some years after, what does the long-term future hold for the NHS?

The publication of the Office for Budget Responsibility's (OBR) 2012 Fiscal Sustainability report provided a timely basis for examining and debating possible trajectories of spending in the future and the implications for NHS policy.

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Presentations and talks from this seminar

Robert Chote, Chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), shares the results of the OBR’s 2012 Fiscal Sustainability report, with a focus on health care spending.

Paul Johnson, Director, Institute of Fiscal Studies, gives a background to economic growth in the UK and discusses what future NHS spending could look like.

John Appleby, Chief Economist at The King’s Fund, looks at UK and US health care spending projections and the share of wealth we might want to devote to health care in the future.



Dr Penny Dash, Partner at McKinsey & Company (Healthcare Systems & Services) and Vice-Chair of The King's Fund Board of Trustees.

Public finances and health care
Robert Chote, Chairman, Office for Budget Responsibility

Looking into the long-term
Paul Johnson, Director, Institute of Fiscal Studies

The next 50 years: is the NHS financially sustainable?
Professor John Appleby, Chief Economist, The King's Fund


Speaker presentations

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