Free to Choose? Reform and Demand Response in the English National Health Service

Marty Gaynor, Carol Propper, Stephan Seiler,

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Free to choose?

Marty Gaynor, Carol Propper, Stephan Seiler 13 January 2013

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A central plank of the NHS reforms implemented by the UK Labour government of the 2000s was the introduction of patient choice. For the first time in the history of the NHS it was mandated that patients should have a say in the choice of hospital when being referred for an elective treatment. Rather than relying entirely on their general practitioner (GP), patients were now offered a set of five hospitals to choose from.

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Topics:  Health economics

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