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National Health Service (Expenditure)

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the expenditure per head on the National Health Service for each of the last 20 years at constant prices; and what has been the cost at constant prices per hospital patient.

The information requested has been derived from the expenditure tables E6, E7 and E9 of the 1979 report of the Royal Commission on the National Health Service (Cmnd 7615). Table 1 sets out for the years 1958–77 health expenditure per head of total United Kingdom population; table 2 shows hospital revenue expenditure per inpatient for Great Britain since United Kingdom figures are not readily available.

TABLE 1
PER CAPITA* PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (UNITED KINGDOM) AT CONSTANT (1970) PRICES
£
195826·3
195927·2
196027·9
196128·0
196228·5
196329·1
196430·3
196531·5
196632·7
196734·1
196835·5
196934·8
197036·3
197137·1
197238·4
197339·9
197440·7
197543·6
197644·4
197744·8
* Annual Abstract of Statistics (population figures)

TABLE 2
HOSPITAL REVENUE COST PER IN PATIENT*
GREAT BRITAIN AT CONSTANT (1970) PRICES†
£
1958179·7
1959180·6
1960181·1
1961175·6
1962178·3
1963174·9
1964175·1
1965176·0
1966180·9
1967180·9
1968183·1
1969185·7
1970198·4
1971200·2
1972203·0
1973217·8
1974253·7
1975284·0
1976266·4
1977270·0

* Deaths and discharges in all types of hospitals as shown in Scottish Health Department Statistics and Health and Personal Social Services Statistics.

† Hospital and community health service revenue from 1974.