From quasi-market to market in the National Health Service in England

Tony Harrison, Richard Lewis
Reference:  J Health Serv Res Policy. 2009 Jan;14(1):44-51.

The new market reforms, in theory, provide an opportunity to overcome prior weaknesses in the purchasing function. As this market develops, we suggest that the purchasers should develop three new sets of skills and activities if they are to be effective: the identification of need and shaping of demand; shaping the structure of supply; and holding the market to account.

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