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UK consultants' fees for private work are amongst highest in world

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:70
  1. Mark Gould
  1. London

    Consultants in the United Kingdom charge the highest fees in major developed nations for private work, a new study shows. But the government's introduction of foreign healthcare providers into the United Kingdom will force them to cut their fees.

    Research jointly commissioned by Norwich Union Healthcare and the Financial Times shows that UK surgeons are paid up to 59% more in private fees for the most common procedures than their counterparts in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Germany (Financial Times 2003 December 29:1).

    While the survey results were issued with a warning that they had to be “interpreted with care,” because of the different ways that health care is …

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