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The National Health Service and social care systems

Research in this area explores trends in public spending on health and social care, the impact of NHS policies and reforms on the cost and quality of care, and the productivity of the NHS and Social Care workforce. We have also worked with colleagues around the world to produce cross-country comparisons of patterns of individual medical spending, including spending at the end of life.


Briefing note
This briefing note reviews the evidence on the long-run pressures faced by maternity units from changes in the number of maternity admissions and the case mix.
Journal article | Health Affairs
The authors use detailed health care data for the period 2009–11 from nine countries to measure the composition and magnitude of medical spending in the three years before death.
Briefing note
Newspaper article
This article by Paul Johnson, published in the Times Newspaper, looks at the issue of hypothecating taxes for the NHS.


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Elaine Kelly
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Research Economist
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Research Economist