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Revealed: How online GP company Babylon can sign up millions of patients


Dear All, Just think about the economics here. Dr Jefferies and Partners get the standard NHS capitation fee for whoever they reguster under this scheme, thats approx £120 for the first year. They get paid this quarterly. They then subcontract to Bablyon to provide a Skype and on-line service. A practice I know was offered the Babylon service for approx £100 per patinet per year or about 75% of the capitation fee. The patients they are attracting may well be less ill than most but when did abscence of illness stop people consulting? They are from the "me me everything instantanoeusly" generation, they have worries whetehr or not they are ill. My ball park estimate is that its going to cost at least £15-20 to provide the GP to take each Skype call so it does not take many skype consultatiosn per patient to render this service uneconomic. The avergae national consultation rate is 6, thats £120 per year at £20 per Skype. If these screen adicted patients find this service convenient and acessible then i begin to wonder how thin that profit margin might be. Remember of course that Dr Jefferies and Partners are not allowed to charge their NHS patients for anything they may need so they can't monetise that way. Finally Dr Jefferies and Partners only get paid according to the patients on their list on each quarter date, so patients who regster, have a couple of Skypes, don't allways get the ABs they want and then register elsewhere before the end of teh quarter will consume all that resource but result in no NHS income at all. I'd say lets see how this pans out. Ali Parsa has raised £60m to run Babylon, interest rates are rising and few other private providers have ever made a profit from the NHS. Lets see if Dr Jefferies and Mr Parsa can. Regards Paul C

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09 Nov 2017

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