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Other factors probably explain differences in prescribing

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7034.849 (Published 30 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:849
  1. Elizabeth Robinson
  1. Primary care medical adviser Avon Health, Bristol BS8 1PT

    EDITOR,—Robert P H Wilson and colleagues conclude that fundholding alters practice prescribing patterns and reduces the rate of increase in prescribing costs compared with those of non-fundholders.1 Though this may be the case in the former Mersey region, a similar study in Avon (of 156 general practitioners) has not reached the same conclusion. Using the same methods, colleagues and I found that, before the introduction of fundholding, fundholders spent on average less per weighted capitation …

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