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The reasons for increases in medical costs…

by Willie Hamilton 26/10/10 Category: Comment

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Willie Hamilton, professor of primary care diagnostics, and CMO LV, FP and EFS considers the reasons for increases in medical costs… So, health has largely escaped the Comprehensive Spending Review, including health research. Good news for us medics - and better even for medical researchers. Which leads to a topic discussed recently. The question was posed, 'What drives the relentless increase in medical costs?' This was against the background of medical cost inflation always being higher than general inflation. Of course, my first concern was to make it VERY clear that it's not doctors lining their pockets, at the cost…
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Dr W T Hamilton shares his thoughts on GP commissioning

by Willie Hamilton 14/07/10 Comment

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The release of the White Paper on the NHS is yet another step on the near permanent revolution faced by NHS clinicians and administrators. While most of us recognised we were being naive in hoping for a period of NHS stability, I don't think we expected to have such a major change as full-blooded GP commissioning. Will this have an impact on protection insurance? The obvious product that may be impacted upon is PMI. Those of us with long (ish) memories remember the awful time when NHS patients sat alongside private patients in the same private hospital, receiving the same…
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