Calculations posted on social media have led to claims that the government is spending twice as much on private healthcare as on GP services. But this depends on exactly how you count the spending, and in some cases the claims aren’t quite right.
Dr Steve Taylor posted on X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook that NHS spending on GP services per patient was approximately £160, making the spend per patient per day 45p. He also wrote that NHS spending on “private healthcare providing NHS care” was about £320 per person and so 90p per person per day.
These figures were shared and reported by a number of others.
Dr Dan Goyal shared the figures on X, claiming: “The U.K. govt are currently spending twice as much on Private Healthcare as they do on the entire Primary…