Incentives on quality GP care not effective

Incentives on quality GP care not effectiveA study led by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne has stated that caution must be practiced while setting up financial incentives for doctors in Australia.

Study author Dr Peter Sivey said that the aim of giving financial benefits to doctors is to improve the quality of care provided by them but when the efficiency of this method was reviewed, the results did not show any convincing results.

When it comes to using money for improving the quality of care, there is not much evidence to reject or support this practice.

He said, "There are hundreds of schemes across the world, many in the US and the UK, where the payment of doctors is deliberately organized to change the way GPs work. Only seven studies supported the effectiveness of such policies improving care quality despite the popularity of these schemes."

There was a high risk of bias and the effects of the incentive schemes was zero or very small, he added and this means that while setting up any such policy, everything must be reviewed properly.