asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the national average cost of health care per man, woman and child; and what is the comparable figure for the north-west region.
[pursuant to his reply, 26 February 1987,c. 402]: The available information is set out in the following table:
|Expenditure on health care per head of population|
(i) The expenditure figures used are derived from the annual accounts for 1985–86 of regional and district health authorities, the special health authorities for the London postgraduate teaching hospitals and family practitioner committees.
(ii) Expenditure on family practitioner services cannot be strictly assigned to regional boundaries, but for north-western region has been obtained from the accounts of the committees lying geographically within that region's area.
(iii) Population figures are at estimated mid 1985 levels.
Actual allocations to regional health authorities and family practitioner services are calculated differently. In determining the level of resources for regional health authorities, the methodology of the resource allocation working party (RAWP) is followed, which weights regionally managed populations to determine the relative need for health care. Expenditure on family practitioner services, however, is governed by the level of current demand of the population served. The expenditure rates in the above table are calculated from unweighted populations.