To test the hypothesis that GP trainees are worth their weight in gold.Design
Data collected from 100 consecutive patients analysed with reference to practice statistics, fees, and allowances.Setting
General practice, Edinburgh.Results
In the year April 1992 to April 1993 the trainee saw 3439 patients, who were worth over [pound sign]18 000 in capitation fees. The training grant is [pound sign]4570, the trainee performed child health surveillance worth [pound sign]1000, and items of service fees earned more than [pound sign]8500. The trainee brought over [pound sign]31 000 into the practice in one year.Conclusion
Trainees are (almost) worth their weight in gold.