Reduction in prescribing cannot confidently be attributed to schemeBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7070.1484 (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1484
- Elizabeth Robinson,
- Ian Harvey
- Medical adviser Avon Health Authority, Bristol BS2 BEE
- Consultant senior lecturer in public health medicine Department of Social Medicine, Bristol BS8 2PR
EDITOR,—D N Bateman and colleagues set out to examine the effects of a financial incentive scheme on prescribing among non-fundholding general practitioners. We are not convinced, however, that they have shown that these general practitioners responded to such incentives in a manner similar to that of fundholding practices, as the authors claim.
Firstly, from a purely …