The healthcare industry barometer 2012

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Since the publication of the 2011 Healthcare Barometer, the industry has experienced a roller coaster of ups and downs in relation to healthcare reform. While the industry can now consider its future against a more concrete legislative platform, uncertainties still remain as to the prospects for private sector healthcare providers.

This is fuelling a negative outlook for growth; many believe we will not see an upturn until 2014 or beyond.

While it is still early days in the implementation of the Health & Social Care Act, views are emerging as to its likely impact.

There is an acknowledgement that competition, albeit watered down, has been enshrined in the Act and that, on paper at least, this should help support the growth of private sector participation in the NHS market. However, in contrast to the positive views expressed in our 2010 survey, most feel that there is limited Government support for encouraging an increase in the private sector’s share of the market…

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