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Letters New commissioning formula

Use of national tariff makes formula inaccurate

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8175
  1. Daniel Peake, GP trainee1,
  2. Rebekah Parry, GP trainee1,
  3. Naveed Mustfa, respiratory medicine consultant1,
  4. Imran Hussain, respiratory medicine consultant1
  1. 1City General, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST4 6QG, UK
  1. danpeake{at}

Dixon and colleagues use socioeconomic indicators to adjust the requirement for healthcare in different areas and populations in a rationing formula that more accurately calculates the costs of regional healthcare to improve resource allocation.1 However, their use of the national tariff, an unproved estimate, rather than actual …

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