Previous Nuffield Trust research has suggested that efforts should, in the first instance, be devoted to achieving greater efficiency in the NHS before considering the abandonment of previously... More > available services. But, anticipating debate in this area, the Trust has conducted a review into the feasibility, advantages and
disadvantages of introducing an explicit, nationally set benefits package in the NHS in
England. This report outlines the case for and against introducing such a package, and draws out learning for the NHS from other countries that have attempted to do so.
The intention is to examine whether drawing up an explicit account of what health care is and what is not funded by the NHS could help to promote the main objectives of the NHS, such as maintaining a comprehensive service based on need, being free at the point of use regardless of ability to pay, while spending within a 'global' budget.< Less