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Addiction. 2011 Oct;106(10):1725-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03503.x. Epub 2011 Jul 27.

Using 'payment by results' to fund the treatment of dependent drug users--proceed with care!

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Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Heslington, York, UK.


The UK government is changing its system of payment for drug treatment services in order to reward the achievement of better patient outcomes. This is a model that may be taken up internationally. This 'payment by results' funding system will reward providers for achieving good outcomes in terms of whether clients are drug free, employed and/or not convicted of a criminal offence. Providers will also receive a payment based on health and wellbeing outcome measurement. The definition and measurement of success in achieving these outcomes is complex and challenging, as is the need to bridge treatment costs during the period in which outcomes are pursued. This experiment requires careful evaluation if the delivery of drug treatment is not to be jeopardized or fragmented.

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