Letters Payment to look after health

Family payments: a cautionary tale for policy makers

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1134 (Published 06 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1134
  1. Patricia J Lucas, lecturer in early childhood studies1
  1. 1School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TZ
  1. patricia.lucas{at}bristol.ac.uk

    Much observational evidence shows that children in wealthier families are healthier and have improved life chances.1 2 3 However, a cautious approach should be taken to adopting conditional payments as a means to increase family wealth and children’s wellbeing.

    Ashcroft et al (doi 10.1136/bmj.a1135) rightly call for empirical as well as moral reasoning to be considered when judging the …

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