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Not quite perhaps: the money will always be there, only in someone’s pocket.
Re quoted from Abetternhs’s Blog:
……Today we looked at our costs for our patients attending outpatients at different hospitals, including ones with services we did not commission. There are enormous differences between them.
Here is how.
The re-referrals. A patient referred to a commissioned gastrointestinal service with bleeding from the bowel would be properly investigated and managed by the commissioned service. If one of our patients chooses to go to the shiny hospital they need one referral to the gastroenterologists for the top end, and another referral for the bottom end. Since a referral costs approximately twice what a follow-up appointment costs, this is another way of making money.
Shiny hospitals hang on to their patients with an iron grip. Most notoriously the
. Unsurprisingly for a homeopathic hospital, the patients do not get better, so they are never discharged and we pay for their supportive counselling, which is, for many vulnerable patients, very helpful, but it is very expensive form of counselling. London Integrated Hospital
Billing has created a whole new bureaucracy in the NHS costing millions, perhaps billions every year. When a patient chooses a service we have not commissioned, there is an additional burden of a complex cross-charging mechanism. The latest . The very opposite of what the government promised.
Dr Tony Jewell, Chief Medical Officer for
“The end of the internal market in health is part of the wider Welsh Assembly Government determination to make co-operation, rather than competition, the bedrock of public service delivery in