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Learning from Bristol: reflections from a health economist

Learning from Bristol: reflections from a health economist The Kennedy Report will almost certainly become a defining moment in the history of UK healthcare. On the whole the NHS is poor at learning from history and there is a wealth of important information to be drawn from the report and the whole experience of Bristol. This article distils the essential clinical governance messages that risk being lost. While many of the issues can be viewed from an economic perspective, much of what is required is a change in attitude across whole health economies. The contribution that economics can make is to design appropriate incentive mechanisms to bring about desired behavioural change. It can also continue to promote informed debate on the proper meaning of efficiency and to highlight the features required for an appropriate and effective regulatory framework. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png British Journal of Clinical Governance Emerald Publishing

Learning from Bristol: reflections from a health economist

British Journal of Clinical Governance , Volume 7 (4): 9 – Dec 1, 2002

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1466-4100
DOI
10.1108/14664100210446605
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Abstract

The Kennedy Report will almost certainly become a defining moment in the history of UK healthcare. On the whole the NHS is poor at learning from history and there is a wealth of important information to be drawn from the report and the whole experience of Bristol. This article distils the essential clinical governance messages that risk being lost. While many of the issues can be viewed from an economic perspective, much of what is required is a change in attitude across whole health economies. The contribution that economics can make is to design appropriate incentive mechanisms to bring about desired behavioural change. It can also continue to promote informed debate on the proper meaning of efficiency and to highlight the features required for an appropriate and effective regulatory framework.

Journal

British Journal of Clinical GovernanceEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2002

Keywords: Governance; Economics; Efficiency; Regulations

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