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Reward doctors for early diagnosis of dementia, says think tank

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8533 (Published 17 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8533
  1. Krishna Chinthapalli
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Doctors and commissioners should be financially rewarded for diagnosing dementia, the economics think tank the Social Market Foundation has said.

Nigel Keohane, its deputy director and a coauthor of its report on dementia, said, “While there is no cure for dementia, early diagnosis means that patients can access treatment and support, allowing them and their families to prepare for the future progress of the condition. Costs to the state can be reduced if diagnosis happens earlier. That’s why incentives for GPs, clinical commissioning groups, and directors of public health should be directly linked to increased diagnosis rates and [why] practitioners should be …

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