Why is health care inflation greater than general inflation?

This article describes why inflation for health care is greater than general inflation, looking back at costs over the past five years.

Journal article

Published: 26/03/2014

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In the UK, spending on health care has increased by four per cent per year, since the NHS was founded 65 years ago. In this article, Anita Charlesworth, Chief Economist, Nuffield Trust, describes why inflation in health care costs has been greater in real terms than the general inflation.