Personal health budgets are good for the few but not for the many, conference hears

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 27 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1149
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

A researcher has questioned UK government claims that personal health budgets would significantly improve patient outcomes, saying that the evidence had been misrepresented.

Peter Beresford, a social policy professor who heads Brunel University’s Centre for Citizen Participation, said studies showed that a small number of people making the largest direct payments had been successful in meeting their needs and improving their quality of life.

But he said it was wrong to argue that this meant personal health budgets would work for most people as proposed.

“They tend to work for the most confident, assertive, more experienced and able people,” said Beresford. He said …

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