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Improving choice for patients from disadvantaged groups should reduce health inequalities

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 17 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1162
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Reforming the NHS to take more account of the needs of patients in disadvantaged groups could help to reduce health inequalities, says a report published this week. It says that current measures to increase patients' choice favour “the healthy, wealthy, and demanding.”

    The report, from the Institute for Public Policy Research, a left-leaning think tank, argues that although “choice” is at the heart of the government's agenda, current policies favour middle class patients who have access to information and transport. It warns that this could lead to “a two-tier health service, where left-behind patients receive poorer quality of care.”

    The report's authors found a wide range …

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