Free to choose?

Marty Gaynor, Carol Propper, Stephan Seiler, 13 January 2013



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.

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



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.

Topics: Health economics, Labour markets
Tags: maximum wage, NHS, patient deaths, temporary staff

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