Regional distribution of family practitioner services: implications for National Health Service equity and efficiency.
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In this study the total expenditure on family practitioner services in England was analysed in terms of its distribution between National Health Service regions. Expenditure was then allocated on the basis of estimated regional needs, taking into account the demographic mix of the population and the differentials in health between regions. A comparison between the two regional distributions highlighted the inequalities and inefficiencies in the current system of financing and providing family practitioner services. A coordinated approach to the planning of the separate elements of NHS provision is required which recognizes the interface between primary and secondary health care.
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