pyramid of health care

Last reviewed 01/2018

Up to 90% of health care problems do not involve GP's or other parts of the official health care system. Only 10% of GP consultations in UK lead to referral for secondary care by hospitals and only a small proportion of these patients are then referred on to regional or national tertiary care specialist centres.

The vast proportion of health service spending is by the secondary and tertiary section of the pyramid

Unless individuals and families look after their own health, no amount of medical care is going to make them healthy - doctors, teachers, health educators, politicians and especially families can facilitate this process. 'Is society making it easy for individuals to choose a healthy lifestyle?' (OHCS)