Polling for The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out a survey with the general public in Great Britain about their views towards funding of the NHS, as well as the provision of NHS care and services.

The Health Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to carry out a survey with the general public in Great Britain about their views towards funding of the NHS, as well as the provision of NHS care and services.

Six in ten think there should be an increase in taxes to in order to maintain the current level of care and services provided by the NHS (59%) while two in ten think that spending on other government funded services should be reduced to maintain the current level of NHS care and services (21%). Less than one in ten think that the current level of care and services provided by the NHS should be reduced so that the current level of taxation and spending does not need to be increased (seven per cent).

When given the option of different possible charges to help fund the NHS, six in ten support introducing a £10 fine for missed appointments (61%) whereas fewer than two in ten support the introduction of a £10 charge for visiting a GP (16%).

The majority agree that the government should support a national health system that is tax-funded, free at the point of use and provides comprehensive care to all citizens (85%). Most also agree that the current NHS is both free at the point of use (85%) and provides comprehensive care to all citizens (78%). However, people are less certain that this will be the case in five years’ time; around six in ten agree that the NHS will be free at the point of use (63%) and will provide comprehensive care for all citizens (61%) by 2020.

The public is divided about the impact that private provision of NHS-funded care could have on the health service over the next few years. Three in ten people think private provision of NHS-funded care will make the health service better (30%), while similar proportions think it will make the service worse (33%) or that the NHS will stay the same (34%).

Technical Details

  • The Health Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to survey 1,792 adults in Great Britain aged 15 and over.
  • Respondents were interviewed face-to-face between 13 – 29 March 2015.
  • Data are weighted to reflect the population profile in Great Britain.

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