Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Incentives in (British) medicine

The Telegraph reports on the Annual Congress of the British Orthopaedic Association: Severely injured patients are being delayed specialist care because Government targets mean hospitals are encouraged to operate on routine cases first, experts have warned.

"Routine cases such as hip and knee replacements have to be carried out within Government waiting time targets meaning urgent trauma cases are delayed which can jeopardise their recovery."

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