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Competition improves health services, think tank says

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1516 (Published 28 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1516
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Competition can improve health services and reduce costs, the pressure group Reform has concluded.

A new report by the market oriented think tank provides examples of healthcare systems around the world to show that, far from fragmenting services, as critics of the government’s healthcare reforms claim, competition and reconfiguration can integrate and improve them.

In Massachusetts, the report says, community services for elderly patients were improved after “any willing providers” were sought to reorganise them. The …

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