Does quality affect patients’ choice of doctor? Evidence from the UK

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Recent and planned policy changes in the NHS, including the abolition of the Medical Practices Committee, revised tendering arrangements for new practices, readily available information on practices via NHS Choices, and letting patients register with any practice, will increase potential competition amongst general practices. Since practices cannot compete on price they may compete on the quality they offer to patients. A necessary condition for greater competition to improve
quality is that patient choice of practice is affected by practice quality.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationYork, UK
PublisherCentre for Health Economics, University of York
Number of pages49
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

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NameCHE Research Paper
PublisherCentre for Health Economics, University of York

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