Provider incentives

13 Sep

Provider financial incentives, does it works?  Reuters report some concern on the issue expressed by a Professor of health economy, Jim Burgess, Director of Health Services Research at Boston University.

The US, the UK, Canada, Germany and recently France implement different incentive schemes to reward primary care physicians who perform quality in cares.

But the intervention may lead to adverse effects as observed in those two systematic reviews of the literature, one in 2009 and the other this month of 2011.

Professor Jim Burgess advises to target the whole-patient health instead of limited areas of health as counterpart of rewards for doctors.

We made earlier a post on the subject of pay for performance in France.

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