News articles supporting the case for low cost healthcare insurance and health cash plans


In an investigation carried out by the doctors magazine “Pulse” it was discovered that in at least nine Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) individual GP practices were being paid bonuses to reduce the number of patient referrals to hospitals for appointments which could include scans and consultations with specialists.

In one case in the Midlands, GP practices were offered more than £11,000  to reduce new out-patient attendances, follow ups, A and E attendances and Emergency Admissions by 1% compared with 2014-5.

The Chairman of the GPs Committee of the BMA told the BBC “such schemes were a financial contaminant to patient-doctor trust which was short sighted and misguided”

In November 2014 the NHS Advisory Board said GPs in England should nearly double the number of patients referred to hospital for cancer tests as delays in spotting symptoms could be costing thousands of lives each year.

Dr Rosie Loftus of Macmillan Cancer Support described the findings as “very worrying” and Dr Robert  Morley, Chairman of the GPs Contracts and Regulations Committee said that schemes incentivising Practices to reduce urgent cancer referrals were “extremely concerning”

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