GP Fundholder

GP Fundholder

a UK doctors'practice which was given funds to purchase healthcare services, e.g. hospital treatment for its patients. See PURCHASER-PROVIDER SPLIT.
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And plans to devolve budgets from trusts to family GPs is a Labour version of the Tories' derided GP fundholder scheme, say opponents.
As noted, investment and pricing were also regulated from the centre, although zero mark-up on average cost rules were not systematically followed, with some price variability across providers not solely explained by variation in average costs, and some price discrimination in favour of GP fundholder purchasers (Propper et al.
They have now told Hannah's family doctor that they can no longer afford to pay, and he must foot the bill because he is a GP fundholder.
The second, which we call the GP fundholder market, is one in which GP fundholders in their role as agents for patients purchase health services on their behalf.
He has quit the scheme claiming he would prefer to carry on as a GP fundholder until that scheme is ended next year.
Upon their election success of 1997, one of the government's first attempts at NHS change was in the area of primary care with the formation of Primary Care Groups (now Primary Care Trusts) that amalgamated GP fundholders together in an attempt to reintegrate general practitioners back into primary care systems, and also to bridge barriers between health and social care delivery.
Mr Naylor said changes in the GP system had caused problems because in the past the trust had balanced its books by taking on additional work from GP fundholders.
But Warwickshire Health Authority and the groups have inherited the debts previously accumulated by GP fundholders in the county.
Health Secretary Frank Dobson will ban GP fundholders from getting their patients preferential treatment by buying places on hospital waiting lists.
Under Tory rules, patients of opt-out GP fundholders were often able to leap to the front of queues for treatment.
One element of this strategy was the creation of GP fundholders who are given budgets with which to purchase a range of healthcare services for their patients.
There are, of course, many facets to the notion of accountability in the NHS, including the accountability of doctors to patients, of NHS Trusts to health authorities and GP fundholders through the contracting process, and of ministers to Parliament for the overall performance of the NHS.