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fundholding

(formerly, in the National Health Service in Britain) the system enabling general practitioners to receive a fixed budget from which to pay for primary care, drugs, and nonurgent hospital treatment for patients
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Selected GP practices were also encouraged to become purchasers (fundholders) by applying to the health authorities for a budget to cover drugs and the purchase of up to 20% of all specialty and hospital services for patients on theft lists.
Translated into the context of the GP fundholder market, this would suggest that increased competition between providers should lower the prices faced by GPs and ultimately allow GP budgets to be trimmed.
A landlord, for example, who held no government paper, would be fored to sell part of his land or to borrow from a fundholder, who held a surplus of the special checks.
lxxvi PRESTON, Richard, An address to the fundholder, the manufacturer, the mechanic, and the poor; on the subject of the Corn Laws, London 1815, 59p.
In photos posted on the site, Mrs Cooper is pictured with BNP leader Nick Griffin, party activist Angelos Gavriel and Martin Vaughan, the party's fundholder for South Tyneside.
'We have the opportunity to refer patients to England but having experience of being a fundholder in the past, patients unfortunately do not want to travel.
Thirdly, the quasi-market has been criticised on equity grounds for leading to a two-tier service favouring GP fundholder patients at the expense of the patients of the non-fundholders.
I appreciate that my doctor needs to keep his costs down as he is a fundholder but I don't want my health to suffer as a result.
They have now told Hannah's family doctor that they can no longer afford to pay, and he must foot the bill because he is a GP fundholder. In turn, the doctor says he has no budget for cases like Hannah's.
And plans to devolve budgets from trusts to family GPs is a Labour version of the Tories' derided GP fundholder scheme, say opponents.
Nicola Cook, the primary fundholder with the Aurora Foundation, said: "We believe this was the biggest firewalk ever held in Newcastle ." Among those taking part were representatives from some of the North-East's biggest companies including Sage and the Eldon Square Shopping Centre.
Dorrell ended up telling the woman: 'Well, in that case go and register with a fundholder.' The audience cheered when presenter Sue Lawley told Dorrell: 'That is exactly what the two-tiered system allegation is about.'