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“Paid for by the NHS”

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b739 (Published 23 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b739
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}yahoo.co.uk

    “There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money.

    “Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost.

    “Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And …

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