Fundholding reduces dependence on private sector

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.445a (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:445
  1. R A Smith, General practitioner
  1. Balmore Park Surgery, Caversham, Reading RG4 7SS

    EDITOR,—As a general practitioner in one of the first wave fundholding practices involved in the prospective study of trends in referral patterns in fundholding and non-fundholding practices in the Oxford region,1 I am not surprised that many of the suppositions which this study set out to investigate have been shown to be “unfounded.” The researchers may have expected to see an increase in private referrals but we did not, as our aim …

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