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Letters Weighted capitation formula

Deprived areas will lose out with proposed new capitation formula

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 15 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6146
  1. Clare L Bambra, professor of public health policy1,
  2. Alison Copeland, research associate in health geography1
  1. 1Durham University, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Stockton on Tees TS17 6BH, UK
  1. clare.bambra{at}

NHS funding is allocated to areas on the principle of providing “equal opportunity of access for equal need.”1 To help achieve this, the current NHS allocation formula incorporates a deprivation related measure: the “health inequality weighting.”1 The relative roles of deprivation and age as determinants of health have been subject to political debate over the past years,2 3 4 and NHS England is consulting …

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