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Trusts will regularly check how patients use personal health budgets

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3509
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    People taking part in pilots in which they receive personal health budgets directly into their bank account will be monitored to ensure that the money is used appropriately.

    The government this week announced that 12 primary care trusts would take part in eight pilots of direct payments for personal health budgets, with the intention of giving individuals the power to decide how, where, and from whom they receive health care.

    Under the pilot scheme, which runs until 2012, trusts are authorised to make direct payments to patients once a care plan is agreed between a patient and the trust. The plan will set out the individual’s health needs and desired outcomes, the amount of money in their budget, and how the money will be spent to meet their …

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