Spending on care from the private, voluntary and local authority sectors increased from £1 billion in 1997 to almost £5 billion in 2006. It increased from 3 per cent of all spending to almost 7 per cent over the same period.
Much of the growth is because of increased spending on private hospitals and psychiatric facilities.
But other factors include the use of independent sector treatment centres, and community services for the elderly and those with mental health problems.
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