Pay patients to take treatment

Patients in deprived areas could be paid to comply with treatment, a Conservative think tank has suggested.

A report by the Bow Group also said practices should receive direct payments for case finding patients in deprived areas to cut health inequalities.

It adds that the QOF's performance in reducing health inequalities is 'at best mixed and at worst disappointing'.

The report says there are 'perverse incentives' for GPs not to work hard to identify patients in deprived areas, who may have more co-morbidities and be more costly to treat.

It adds that the QOF should 'take full account of baseline patients and the relative socio-economic circumstances of more deprived areas'.

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