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

Tags:  health, NHS, patient choice

Can pay regulation kill? Evidence from English hospital trusts

Carol Propper, John Van Reenen 30 January 2008

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Economists have long warned of the unintended consequences of labour market regulation (Botero et al. 2004). Some things that seem fair – like paying people the same wage for doing the same job regardless of where they work – may turn out to be foul in practice. Although people often worry about the minimum wage pricing people out of jobs, a regulation that may impose a maximum wage and price people out of jobs has received little attention.

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Topics:  Health economics Labour markets

Tags:  maximum wage, NHS, patient deaths, temporary staff

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