So do the tappings of consumerism in health care need American-style CDHC? Apparently not, as in the UK the latest is that doctors are to be graded for quality of service
Every doctors’ surgery (surgery = office in Brit talk, not what it means in Yank-sih) is to be inspected and awarded Michelin-style stars so that patients can tell the quality of care offered by their GP at a glance, The Times has learnt. Expert panels will give family doctors one of three gradings in a move backed by ministers desperate to show that patients are getting value for money from huge GP pay rises. The scheme, being drawn up by the Royal College of General Practitioners, will run alongside government plans to publish detailed patient surveys of each surgery’s performance.
Of course the huge pay rises for GPs were as part of a pay-for-performance scheme…something their American colleagues might be a little envious about!