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Population figures for capitation formulas need to be designed differently

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1145
  1. Roy Carr-Hill, Reader in medical and social statistics,
  2. David Roberts, Unit manager
  1. Resource Allocation, Deployment and Substitution, Centre for Health Economics, University of York, York YO1 5DD
  2. Prescribing Support Unit, Leeds

    EDITOR—The organisation of health care through primary care groups with unified cash limited budgets raises several questions concerning the methods of resource allocation that will be used. The presumption is that there will be some form of weighted capitation, and this will obviously generate considerable agonising—and eventual compromise—among the doyens of resource allocations formulas 1 2; but there is one basic point which has to be resolved even before those discussions can start: what is the correct population base?

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