British health insurers fail to learn lessons from the US

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7044.1482a (Published 08 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1482
  1. Anthony Hopkins
  1. Neurologist London W1N 2DE

    EDITOR,—Colleagues should be aware of a feature of many lower cost medical insurance plans. I recently saw a patient for neurological symptoms, referred by her general practitioner, with severe headaches and a blood pressure of 180/130. In association with a cardiologist, I arranged appropriate outpatient investigations. When the patient submitted the accounts to the insurers she was informed that, in regard to outpatient consultations and subsequent investigations, “in accordance …

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