Lack of timely data is hampering payment by results

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:353
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The policy of payment by results has helped to make hospitals more businesslike but has so far failed to improve the efficiency of the NHS, says a report from the public spending watchdog in England.

    Payment by results, which was introduced four years ago, was designed to improve efficiency by paying hospitals a nationally set price for each treatment and procedure. It has led to shorter hospital stays, with more patients treated as day cases, the Audit Commission …

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