Personal Healthcare Budgets
Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) have been put forward as a means of significantly increasing the number of people who benefit from choice and control over their care, with a Government target of 50,000-100,000 PHBs by 2020. In this short article, we consider how these are being used, and the benefits and challenges that PHBs provide.
Since the Care Act 2014 was introduced, all users of Local Authority (LA) adult social care were entitled to receive a PHB, excluding emergency care, end-of-life care and one-off pieces of equipment. The Care Act states that users should be:
- Given an indicative budget for their care.
- Able to choose from direct payments, authority-managed budgets, thirdparty-managed budgets, individual service funds, or a combination.
- Receive support to enable them to make informed choices.
- Have choice and control over what services are purchased, and from whom.