GPs in England still reluctant to offer patients choice of provider, says report

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 04 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2971
  1. Cherrill Hicks
  1. 1London

    Most patients want a choice of hospital provider, but only about half say they have been given that choice by their GPs, says a report published jointly by the King’s Fund, the Picker Institute, RAND Europe, and the Office of Health Economics.

    GPs’ perception that it is only younger, more educated patients who want choice is also misguided, says the report, which found that older people, those with no formal qualifications, and those from diverse ethnic backgrounds were more likely to think that choice was important. This could lead GPs to offer choice selectively, the report warns.

    Its findings are …

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