Overhaul hospital payment system to reflect care pathways, say doctors’ representatives

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1306
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Doctors’ representatives have called for an overhaul of the way hospitals are paid for treating patients so that it better reflects the integrated care pathways being advocated by the NHS.

    In its pre-election manifesto the Royal College of Physicians calls for reforming the current payment by results system, which sets national tariffs for different procedures and hospital stays and reimburses hospitals for the precise activity that they do. The college fully supports the move to work across the traditional boundaries of primary and secondary care …

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