An Age Concern event held this weekend was attended by chancellor Gordon Brown.
The event, organisation in collaboration with the King's Fund, enabled more than 100 people to discuss the challenges faced by the NHS now and in the future.
The opinions of older people and healthcare professionals were important to the debate, drawing on real experiences and suggestions from those at the heart of health care provision in the UK.
The key themes were the postcode lottery of service provision, access to health care, personal responsibility and public healthcare, and the specialisation and reorganisation of hospital services.
Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern, said: "We warmly welcome the chancellor to our joint event with the King's Fund. It is vital that policy-makers listen to the voice of older people, the heaviest users of the NHS, and to practitioners and managers.
"The NHS has improved massively over the last ten years, but there are still challenges. Tackling the issues that matter to older people, such as malnutrition, mental health, chiropody and long-term care, is the only way to ensure we have a health service fit for the future."