Will Having a Named General Practitioner for Older People Improve Care and Reduce Hospital Admissions in England?

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Abstract

In England, the Department of Health's planned introduction of a named and accountable family doctor (general practitioner) for patients older than 75 years is aimed at reducing the increasing number of unplanned hospital admissions observed in this group and driving down the associated health care costs. In this article, we explore the debate surrounding the plans and the potential impact of the contractual change on patients and health care practitioners, both intended and unintended.

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