Will policy to constrain GP referrals damage health? Evidence using practice level NHS emergency admissions administrative data
Attempts to control hospital expenditure by managing down General Practitioner (GP) referrals are reoccurring features of UK health policy. However, despite the best efforts of GPs to benchmark referral criteria, patient health may be damaged and other costs created by constraining referrals to targets. This paper adopts an indirect method to indicate whether rationing practice referrals may damage population health by distorting the use of health resources away from patients' interests. We u...Expand abstract
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This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available from Elsevier at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113666
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