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Reduction in prescribing cannot confidently be attributed to scheme

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1484
  1. Elizabeth Robinson,
  2. Ian Harvey
  1. Medical adviser Avon Health Authority, Bristol BS2 BEE
  2. Consultant senior lecturer in public health medicine Department of Social Medicine, Bristol BS8 2PR

    EDITOR,—D N Bateman and colleagues set out to examine the effects of a financial incentive scheme on prescribing among non-fundholding general practitioners. We are not convinced, however, that they have shown that these general practitioners responded to such incentives in a manner similar to that of fundholding practices, as the authors claim.

    Firstly, from a purely …

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