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In a survey of 1,000 UK patients conducted by KPMG, 87 per cent said that people’s long-term healthcare should be paid for by the Government, and 82 per cent said that social care should also be funded from the public purse. Some 54 per cent said that they would be willing to pay more in tax to meet the cost of the population’s long-term health needs and a similar number said they would be happy for spending on other public services such as defence and education to be cut so that the health service could meet demand in the future. 

While more than a third of people agreed that individuals should contribute to the cost of care, beyond tax, more than half said they had “no means of supporting” their own long-term care.
(Source: The Independent)

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