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Social prescribing scheme ‘did not cut GP workload or improve patients’ health’


The government is twisting and turning to try and find some way of reducing the cost of health and social care. However this scheme is just like adding another lane to the motorway. Patients still want the same number of GP consultations, but will also want/demand the ongoing follow-up from social workers, OT and support groups. So it is just increasing the overall cost even further. Both Admission avoidance and Telehealth schemes have been equally unsuccessful in reducing admissions. Sadly copayment and limiting the number of consultations will be the only way to limit the cost of health and social care. Of course it is politically very difficult to bring in, but the day will come.

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08 Aug 2016

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