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Cash incentives might help to change behaviour, MPs told

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1036
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Cash incentives to encourage people to change their behaviour may help to end health inequalities in the United Kingdom, MPs have been told.

Cash incentives will be considered by the clinical watchdog the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the parliamentary health select committee was told last week as part of its inquiry into health inequalities.

MPs asked whether cash incentives should be considered to encourage people to change their behaviour to improve health.

Mike Kelly, director of NICE’s centre for public health excellence, said, “We’ve got that in the pipeline as something that NICE is going to …

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