Higher taxation is only way to address demands on buckling health service, think-tanks say

Larry Elliott Economics editor and Denis Campbell Health policy editor
Thu 24 May 2018 00.01 BST Last modified on Thu 24 May 2018 00.35 BST

British households will need to pay an extra £2,000 a year in tax to help the NHS cope with the demands of an ageing population, according to a new report that highlights the unprecedented financial pressures on the health system.

Two think-tanks  – the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation – have said there can be no alternative to higher taxation if there are to be even modest improvements to care over the next 15 years, adding that demands on the health service will continue to rise.

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