Within the next decade shifts in the demographic profile of England will see demand for services in the UK rise substantially, with a growing ageing population. These demographic changes are significant as they have a major impact on demand and patterns of need.
We asked patients about their feelings towards the NHS and how much they value the service provided and how they feel it should be funded.
Quality of care is paramount in the eyes of the public. The vast majority of people think that the quality of health services should take priority over balancing the books for hospitals - 76%, up from 68% when we last asked the question in April 2016.
Despite the pressures the NHS is under, there is little recognition from the public of the efficiency savings the service has made, with only 16% agreeing that the NHS has become more efficient over the past five years and 45% disagreeing.
In terms of raising additional funding, 50% of the public are supportive of additional national insurance to improve NHS services nationally, while 31% are supportive of paying an additional local tax to improve NHS services in their local area.
We gave patients a list of suggestions about how rationing or behavioural incentives might ease financial pressure on the NHS. In some areas they thought treatment should be subject to certain conditions. But in other areas, the public is clear that the free at the point of use principle must be maintained: