The share of healthcare outsourced by the NHS to independent providers has increased from 5% in 2009 to 7% in 2014, according to LaingBuisson's Healthcare Market Review.
Revenues generated by independent healthcare providers stood at steady at £40.5bn in 2012/13 (2011/12: £39.9bn) but should slowly grow LaingBuisson has found.
Take-up of employer funded cash-plans increased by 15.4% as ‘polarised trends' dominated the cash plan market, Laing and Buisson has revealed.
Demand for health cover was solid in 2012 and the number of policies moved upward, according to healthcare intelligence provider Laing and Buisson.
Laing & Buisson has updated its directory of long-term care facilities with financial information, following the Department of Health announcement that the Care Quality Commission will now oversee financial stability of the largest care homes.
Care home providers need to be able to measure performance effectively, but are still in the dark in the ongoing absence of a government ratings system, Laing & Buisson has stated.
The government's plan to introduce a £75,000 cap on care costs in 2017 will by no means remove the burden on private payers and their families, according to Laing & Buisson.