This interactive map illustrates regional variation in NHS spending on independent sector providers (ISPs) across strategic health authority (SHA) regions from 2006/07 to 2012/13. The map uses primary care trust (PCT) accounts data aggregated to SHA level.

A comparison across regions shows that since 2006/07 the use of ISPs has increased in all regions of England but the proportion of spending on ISPs varies substantially across the country. The largest increase occurred in East Midlands SHA. In the most recent year the biggest increase was observed in South East Coast SHA.

This map was originally taken from the report: Public payment and private provision: the changing landscape of health care in the 2000s (May 2013), which formed part of our joint research programme with the Institute for Fiscal Studies: Understanding competition and choice in the NHS.

The map was then updated as part of the report: Into the red: the state of NHS finances, which was published in July 2014.

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