Launching in the UK healthcare market

Discover key facts about the healthcare market in the UK and learn about our latest market research for our pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare sector clients.

Key facts about the UK health market:

Funding in the UK healthcare system

The UK has a universal public healthcare system. The majority of health needs, including hospital, physician, and mental health care, are funded through general taxation. A small proportion of the UK’s population carries voluntary supplemental insurance.

Health technology assessment in the UK

If NICE recommends the use of a pharmaceutical treatment, funding must be made in available within 3 months for patients to access treatment on the NHS throughout England and Wales. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) sets guidelines for clinically effective treatments and appraises new health technologies (both pharmaceutical and medical devices) for their efficacy and cost effectiveness. Similarly, medical devices that are recommended by NICE through an appraisal should be funded; however, they are not reimbursed until services are commissioned. Payers make their own decisions when commissioning services that lack NICE recommendations.

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) reviews all pharmaceuticals for use in NHS Scotland, while the Scottish Health Technologies Group (SHTG) provides advice to NHS Scotland regarding medical devices.

UK payers’ primary focus:

Cost effectiveness is the key decision driver in the UK market.

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