The Health Foundation: A descriptive analysis of health care use by high-cost, high-need patients in England

Author Kym Lang
Posted 2019.11.22 Comments 0

The Health Foundation: A descriptive analysis of health care use by high-cost, high-need patients in England

Kathryn Dreyer, Will Parry, Wikum Jayatunga & Sarah Deeny

 

This paper was produced as part of a research project to better understand the characteristics and health care utilisation of high-cost populations across seven countries, and explores health care use by the top 5 per cent of users of primary and secondary care services by cost.

Key Points:

  • Despite the increasing financial pressure on the NHS over the past decades, there has been little research to understand the distribution and concentration of health care costs across the population.
  • This paper explores for the first time the distribution of both primary and secondary health care costs in England, including GP-prescribed drug cost. Identifying high-cost, high-need patients and examining the way in which they use health care services might help to design initiatives to reduce costs or to improve efficiency.

 

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