Taking overview of GPSI cost
From Professor Chris Salisbury
Professor of primary health care
University of Bristol
Dr Davison is correct that our results are based on one study of one GPSI service in one specialty, so cannot necessarily be generalised to all other GPSI services. We were careful to make this point in the BMJ article.
But I think many people are assuming that GPSI services will be cheaper and our results mean that we should question this assumption.
Our comparisons were not with the tariff (although we
do mention the tariff as background in the
We compared the true total costs of care over nine months for patients referred to GPSI or hospital, including the costs of subsequent consultations, investigations, etc.
It is important to consider the true overall costs of GPSI services to the NHS, irrespective of which budgets these costs are coming from.