The operating cost problem

The key issue in the health service is getting value for money - and a big problem is the high cost of surgical procedures here, writes Oliver O'Connor.

24th March, 2013
From a fiscal perspective, public health spending is surprisingly healthy. Photo: Thinkstock

"Large increases in public health spending are projected in the advanced economies over the next 20 years," according to an IMF staff analysis. There seems to be a general consensus that ageing, obesity, costly technologies and chronic diseases will add big costs for taxpayers.

The IMF analysis also says: "The projections suggest that the outlook is grim in the United States, but also in Europe, where the fiscal challenge posed by health spending is sometimes underestimated."...

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