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Role of GPs in patients' hospital care

A paper from the Institute of Fiscal Studies presents an analysis of patients' hospital choice for elective medical procedures when their choice set is pre-selected by a GP.

The study found that patients defer to GPs when assessing hospital quality and tangible attributes such as hospital amenities and that GPs base their advice both on considerations of quality an in terms of their financial implications.