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Ministers relaunch their payment by results scheme

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:170
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The government has announced plans to reintroduce its ill fated payment by results system for funding health service hospitals in England. It has also increased its funding to three children's hospitals because it fixed payment tariffs for children's treatments too low.

    It also intends to “unbundle,” or disaggregate, some of the funding for certain treatments, so that specific elements can be costed separately and provided away from acute hospitals, in the community instead.

    The payment by results system, under which providers are paid from a fixed tariff for each individual case treated in NHS hospitals, had to be hastily withdrawn last year because the Department of Health got its sums wrong. It emerged that the calculations …

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