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Giving patients choice puts more pressure on GPs, survey shows

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:522
  1. Andrew Iles
  1. BMJ

    Patients and GPs are worried that providing more healthcare choices will increase the workload of family doctors, says a MORI poll.

    The research, conducted for BUPA, which provides healthcare insurance and services, tied in with a BUPA conference last week entitled “Can we afford the informed consumer?”

    The research suggests that, although patients want increased healthcare choices, 88% of doctors and 46% of patients worry that extending patients' choice will put more pressure on GPs. Eighty four per cent of GPs and 74% of the general public …

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