Prices for NHS services can change by 10% every year, finds study

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1405 (Published 24 February 2012)
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  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Many prices for NHS services set by the current Payment by Results system can change by 10% or more every year, claims a new report commissioned by the NHS’s regulator of foundation trusts.

The report from Monitor analyses pricing in the NHS and the reimbursement system for NHS funded care and suggests that there is much room for improvement in the way that providers of NHS services are paid.

It found that more than 40% of prices set under the current Payment by Results framework—the national tariff system in which prices are set for certain services—change by 10% or more each year.

Such changes undermine the confidence that providers and …

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