Perverse financial incentives reward poor quality care, says report

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 01 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3549
  1. Mark Pownall
  1. 1London

    New funding systems are needed to overcome the perverse financial incentives that reward the treatment of sick patients even when the ill health is caused by the system itself, concludes a major review of the evidence on quality improvement and costs.

    Healthcare providers in the United Kingdom should bear more of the costs of poor quality care, which includes an absence of preventive health care, it says.

    The review, by John Øvretveit, professor of health innovation and management at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, concludes that often the savings from improving health care are not made by the …

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