The NHS payment system for secondary healthcare is called the National Tariff. The tariff is a set of rules, prices and guidance that governs the payments made by commissioners to secondary healthcare providers for the provision of NHS services.
While NHS medical services are free at the point of use for the patient, the system is taxpayer funded. The NHS payment system must support the delivery of more and better health care within the level of funding available.
This section brings together material relating to our work on the NHS payment system.