From quasi-market to market in the National Health Service in England: what does this mean for the purchasing of health services?

This report examines the experience of purchasing health care in the NHS in England and the extent to which this bears witness to the existence of a quasi-market in health care.

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Published: 01/01/2009

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The authors suggest that purchasers of care 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.