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Competition in the NHS has saved lives, study indicates

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3787 (Published 14 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3787
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

    Competition in the NHS in England has saved lives and reduced lengths of stay in hospital, a new study says.

    Patients who were treated in hospitals in areas where competition was feasible did better than those in areas where there was less competition, say the researchers, from Bristol University, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Imperial College London.

    Lives were saved, length of stay in hospital was reduced, and costs did not increase, they found.

    The introduction in the NHS of “patient choice” (the right of patients to choose the hospital in which they are treated) and of the payment by results system, by which hospitals are paid according to the activities they …

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