There was no mention before the 2015 election of any intention to change how we pay for the NHS. But in July, in a debate in the House of Lords, the conservative peer Lord Prior called for an independent inquiry to consider new ways of funding the NHS, such as charges for treatment or compulsory insurance (see https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/richard-grimes/government-moves-to-consider-nhs-user-charges ). In the same month, the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt (who once put his name to a pamphlet arguing that the NHS should be replaced by an insurance-based system), also raised doubts about the NHS remaining entirely funded by taxpayers in the future.
“We made three mistakes that I regret, the first being restructuring the NHS. The rest are minor.”— unnamed Senior Conservative Cabinet Minister