Mobility providers to benefit from thousands more personal wheelchair budgets

Mobility providers to benefit from thousands more personal wheelchair budgets

Tens of thousands more people will receive personal health budgets in the next five years, many of which will be used to purchase high-end manual and powered wheelchairs from private providers.

Around 40,000 people currently benefit from the scheme, which is designed to offer individuals more choice in the type of care they receive from the NHS, but access to the system will increase to 200,000 by 2024, it was announced today.

Personal health budgets replaced the wheelchair voucher scheme last year and have been trialled across various CCGs.

A personal health budget, which includes personal wheelchair budgets, is an amount of money to support a person’s health needs and is agreed between the person and local commissioners. It is not new money, but a different way of spending health funding to meet a person’s needs.

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