Research Article

Empowering GPs as purchasers.

BMJ 1993; 306 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.306.6870.112 (Published 09 January 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;306:112
  1. V Morley
  1. Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Family Health Services Authority, London.

    Abstract

    FHSAs have defined their role in purchasing primary care FHSAs have also found themselves intermediaries between district health authorities and general practitioners All of the purchasing authorities recognise the need to educate general practitioners on how to use their influence in the purchasing process General practitioners should be involved in the purchasing process as they purchase the bulk of health care; are the first point of contact for the users of the health service; need to have input on what is purchased; and need to be able to manage the changes resulting from the shift in the balance of power towards primary care The involvement of general practitioners in the purchasing process at present varies considerably among health authorities. Several district health authorities have developed models of purchasing that enable different levels of involvement