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Private companies behave differently from NHS providers

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3490 (Published 30 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3490
  1. Nick Mann, general practitioner and NHS osteopath1
  1. 1Well Street Surgery, London E9 7TA, UK
  1. drnickmann{at}gmail.com

Appleby states that “if rates of [average?] growth . . . continue over the next 20 years . . . non-NHS providers could account for one in five of all outpatient attendances.”1 This is a surprising interpretation of the data. If the trend as shown continues, non-NHS providers would account for 20% of the total within five, not 20, …

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