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Letters Patient centred care and cost saving

Bernhoven approach is more than just patient centred care and shared decision making

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 20 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6560
  1. Louisa Polak, general practitioner
  1. Bury St Edmunds IP33 1ET, UK
  1. lpolak{at}

I enjoyed Venhuizen’s article about Bernhoven Hospital’s patient centred approach but have two criticisms.1

First, saying that “money is no longer an important incentive” in the intervention programme seems at odds with much of the rest of the article, including its title. Such statements reinforce an unhelpfully squeamish narrative about money—what is wrong with admitting that money is one of several …

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