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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:976
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Antwerp

    Dutch GPs are treating more patients in less time and referring fewer for hospital treatment than they did in the late 1980s, says the Netherlands' second national study into illness and performance in general practice.

    For 96% of people with a medical complaint, their first point of contact is with a GP—the costs of this represent just 3% of the total health budget. This reaffirms GPs' longstanding role as gatekeepers of care, says the study.

    The study compared data from 2001 with the first study in 1987, looking at the way more than 100 general practices cared for more …

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