Health finance

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on health finance. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

04.02.2015General Practice in England
This briefing note provides general background for Members and their staff on NHS primary medical services provided by general practitioners (GPs) in England.
05.12.2014National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill [Bill 18 of 2014-15]
This Library briefing paper provides information on the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, which received its Second Reading on 21 November 2014. The Bill seeks to make changes to a number of provisions in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 relating to: ministerial responsibility for the NHS, competition and procurement policy, and the limits set on NHS hospitals' private income. The Bill also includes measures intended to exempt the NHS from the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Treaty.
18.11.2014Dementia: Policy, Diagnosis and Prevalence
The Government's objective is that the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementia in England will be among the best in Europe. This note covers rates and expected rises of dementia prevalence; Government policy to improve patients' treatment; supports for carers; funding pledges to advance treatment and research; and the services available to people with dementia. It also includes statistics, tables and maps on age-adjusted dementia prevalence across the UK.
29.10.2014NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors
NHS Charges for Overseas Visitors. By Thomas Powell. SN/SP/3051.
22.10.2014The prescription charge and other NHS charges
This notes provides information on the prescription charge and other NHS charges.

Research Papers

11.12.2013Care Bill [HL]
The Care Bill would consolidate existing legislation for adult social care in England into a single framework, and introduce reforms to the way care and support is accessed and funded. It also includes reforms to the regulation of health services and care standards.
03.12.1998Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Bill 3 1998/99
The Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill: Bill 3 1998/99. House of Commons Library Research Paper 98/108.

Early Day Motions

That this House calls for the retention of essential funding for healthcare throughout the UK so that new facilities can be provided and existing services maintained for the needs of ...
That this House is concerned by HM Treasury plans to change the accounting system for NHS charitable money in April; believes the change is unnecessary and of no benefit to the NHS; ...
That this House welcomes the reduction of prescription charges in Scotland to 3 on the way to their total abolition from 2011; recognises that the Scottish Government's action brings ...
That this House is aware that, unlike their counterparts in Wales, asthma sufferers in England still have to pay prescription charges for their medical needs; further notes that such ...
That this House notes that from 1 April 2009 cancer patients will be exempt from prescription charges in England, whereas in Scotland they will be required to pay 4 per prescription; ...

Lords Library Notes

17.05.2013Care Bill [HL] (HL Bill 1 of 2013-14)
The Care Bill consolidates and reforms adult social care law in England. It includes provision for a cap on individual social care cost contributions and implements legislative responses to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust failings. This Library Note provides background information ahead of the second reading debate on the Care Bill in the House of Lords on 21 May 2013.

POST Papers

14.01.2015Value Based Assessment of Drugs
This briefing outlines recent proposals to change the current UK drug assessment methods.
14.02.2014Telehealth and telecare
This note describes current UK telehealth and telecare initiatives and the role they may play in delivering future care.
01.10.2010Drug pricing, October 2010
This POSTnote outlines current drug pricing policy and examines other options to evaluate pricing, including "value-based" pricing.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses