In a debate on direct payments for healthcare last week, the minister said: ‘Patients would go to their provider—probably their GP initially—say that they want to have a health care package that does a particular set of things and then negotiate the budget with the health care provider.
‘We see that being done primarily through their GP probably, although it will not always be their GP.’
Mr O’Brien said around 70 pilot projects would be set up to assess the effectiveness of personal budgets.
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