The take-home message is that sustained weight loss can be achieved by financial incentives
Thus, from the patients' perspective, the financial incentive
may not have been necessary to promote a simple health behavior (see Box 2 for more quotes).
The relapse rates between the 9- or 12-month follow-up and the 15- or 18-month follow-up were 36% in the financial incentive
group and 27% in the control group.
are having a positive impact on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts members.
Although Adams, Barnett and Kaserman (ABK), ["Markets For Organs: The Question of Supply," Contemporary Economic Policy, 17:2, 1999] have found that financial incentives
have the potential to completely eliminate the organ shortage, 12 percent of the individuals in their survey indicated that they would be offended, and withdraw altogether from the donation process, if such a system were implemented.
HMOs also use legal and financial incentives
to keep their providers from complaining about poor quality either to patients or to the press.
This paper describes some of the new financial incentive
programs being tested and provides some estimates of their likelihood of success.
Precertification Excessive utilization * Financial incentives
Frustrated by the inability of education programs to attract new organ donors, the transplant community has turned its focus on several controversial, long-tabooed methods to increase the supply of organs--providing financial incentives
for deceased donor beneficiaries, compensating live donors, donation by direct authorization, and presumed consent.
The BVRA says that anyone trading up to a newer vehicle should be given a financial incentive
to do so if they are prepared to scrap their own vehicle as part of the deal.
Sales manager Lynda Spendlove explained: "This is a once-only opportunity to purchase a stylish family home with a financial incentive
to tempt you.