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The heaviest users of the NHS are children and older people though it is mainly those of working age who staff and fund it. In the early days of the NHS its expenditure on older people was restricted by the limited range and effectiveness of treatment available and the relatively low life expectancy following retirement. For a while therefore it was feasible to rely on a funding formula based on general taxation (especially with the prevailing steep tax bands and death duties). Over the succeeding decades the steady rise in life expectancy and the dramatic expansion of the range and […]
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