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Doctors in rich world claim patient care is declining

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7298.1325/a (Published 02 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1325
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Doctors in five wealthy western countries who took part in a survey thought that the quality of patient care was declining despite an increase in spending on health. The survey covered Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    “The findings of this five-country survey are stark,” said a report in Health Affairs (2001; 20:233-43). “Despite increased national spending on health care in each of the five countries and substantial improvements in medical technology, practising physicians believe that the quality of care provided to their patients is deteriorating.

    More than half of the doctors in …

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