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GP Budget Holding: lessons from across the pond and from the NHS

Ham, Chris J (2010) GP Budget Holding: lessons from across the pond and from the NHS. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Health Services Management Centre, Birmingham.


URL of Published Version: http://www.hsmc.bham.ac.uk/publications/policy-papers/HSMC-policy-paper7.pdf

Identification Number/DOI: 978 07044 28072


GP budget holding is likely to be one of the flagship policies of the new government. This paper draws
on evidence from the U.S. as well as on previous experience in the NHS of GP commissioning in different forms, to identify lessons for policy makers as they take this policy forward. While the government is on the right lines in promoting GP budget holding, the paper suggests that there is a need for caution in promoting budget holding as a universal solution without regard to the capabilities
of practices to manage a budget and the safeguards that need to be put in place to avoid the downside risks.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:10
Department:Health Services Management Centre

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Date:June 2010
Series/Collection Name:HSMC Policy Papers
Keywords:GP budget holding, United States, NHS
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
ID Code:758

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