More healthcare is funded by the state in the UK than in many other Western countries, a study claims. An analysis of 12 comparable nations found that the NHS's share of UK spending increased from 80 per cent in 1998 to 86 per cent in 2005, due to extra government investment.

More healthcare is funded by the state in the UK than in many other Western countries, a study claims. An analysis of 12 comparable nations found that the NHS's share of UK spending increased from 80 per cent in 1998 to 86 per cent in 2005, due to extra government investment.

The report, from Nuffield Hospitals, says public spending in the UK was 13 per cent higher than the average, although there were big variations between nations. Sweden was close behind with 85 per cent of healthcare state funded.

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