Originally posted by Rank outsider
The relative contribution from each of these sources of finance – general taxation, National Insurance and user charges – has fluctuated over the years (see Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England 2014b).
For example, the proportion of income from ...[text shortened]... t 2013).
So funding through taxation basically remains at the historic high of 98.8%.
Those figures are up to 2011. This is 2017. So they do not cover Hunt's entire career implementing Heritage Foundation ideas with the stated intention to emulate USA models.
I have referred to the ongoing introduction of new charges, not historic charges. They will not be publicly available - if they ever are - for some years to come.
As pointed out in one of my sources, while the service is indeed primarily and overwhelmingly paid for through taxation, that public money is increasingly being siphoned off to the cost of procurement and administering private contracts and to the revenues of the private sector service providers. (Note that in the USA, 33% of health spending goes to administration - a failing model the Tories are seeking to emulate.)
The figures you show do not include rising spending on private health services, which are made more profitable and more necessary by withholding investment from the NHS services. So for example, when Virgin imlements its charging system more widely, that will be represented as complementary - private services alongside NHS services. So technically, the "customers" will not be paying for NHS services and the NHS services will remain free at the point of use. . Clever - huh? Unless you are one of the millions waiting intolerable times for basic services. Private providers have an interest in allowing waiting times to increase and Hunt is working hard to make that happen.
[Relevant anecdote: I recently waited three months for minor surgery to my finger for what developed into a third world style infection. It seemed trivial - albeit disgusting - but in reality had a significant impact on my ability to perform daily activites, including a complete halt to playing piano and trouble using computer keyboard. I had the option of a private operation at a cost in excess of £1,400, which would be done within 24 hours of payment, and had to resist family pressure to proceed with that. Had I done so that would not have been recorded as paying for an NHS service - it would be recorded as a choice to "go private." ]