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Council tax valuation bands and contacts with a GP out-of-hours service


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Beale, N., Taylor, G., Gwynne, M. and Peart, C., 2006. Council tax valuation bands and contacts with a GP out-of-hours service. British Journal of General Practice, 56 (525), pp. 283-285.

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Abstract

UK GPs are no longer responsible for the organisation of out-of-hours care for their patients, but resources remains capitation-based. This cross-sectional study tests whether council tax valuation bands can predict the demand for such services. All out-of-hours contacts made by patients in North Wiltshire over 4 months were classified by council tax band; frequencies compared with official population statistics. Council tax band predicts out-of-hours GP workload irrespective of age and sex: the more modest the home, the higher the GP contact rate. It may prove more difficult to sustain out-of-hours services in deprived parts of the UK.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsBeale, N., Taylor, G., Gwynne, M. and Peart, C.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code6465
Additional InformationID number: ISI:000237678600012

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