Should GP’s be incentivised to diagnose Dementia?

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Family doctors in England are to be paid £55 every time they diagnose a case of dementia, NHS England has said.

NHS chiefs said the aim was to increase the number of sufferers who receive treatment for the condition. But the Patients Association called it “a step too far” that would mean a “bounty on the head” of some patients.

Do you think it is right to financially incentivise doctors to diagnose dementia?

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Mike Brightman
18th Nov 2014
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This is ridiculous - and who thought up the actual amount anyway - was this a Friday afternoon after liquid lunch idea? Come on now. And what an insult to Doctors. It assumes that they i.e 100 per cent of, are not doing their job properly in the firts case. We all know that there are good and not so good GP's but in the main we get a very good service from our GP's and I speak of having experienced some good and bad in London - one saved my life. And some excellent ones in the South West - along with one surgery in North Somerset I wouldn't send my worst enemy to!
18th Nov 2014
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I am not convinced we should be paying doctors to stick labels on people. Doctors are already handsomely paid and I feel they should be doing the job they are paid to do.
10th Nov 2014
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Dear friends of ours for fifty years have been staying the weekend. They live in North Wales. Sadly the husband has dementia. The on going care (or lack of it) he has received has been appalling. Forget giving doctors an extra £50 for diagnosis.......sort out the care these unfortunate suffers receive before doing anything else.
7th Nov 2014
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Doctors are already paid to diagnose conditions, so to incentivise them to diagnose dementia is bordering on obscene. It will also lead to mis diagnoses, as we are aware there are rogue doctors out there, as there are rogues in any profession. There are also those who will dedicate more time to diagnosing, there by not affording the correct amount of time to general patients. My mum died with Alzheimer's and it is a terrible disease and this money should be spent on research, not incentives. I despair of the idiots who run the NHS.
14th Nov 2014
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I agree wholeheartedly. There is no cure for dementia and getting the proper care is laughable. Care is grossly underfunded as it is. I can see no advantage to the patient of early diagnosis at all. They should put the money, not into GPs, but into much needed help especially for informal family carers involved with sufferers who exhibit antisocial behaviour or extreme anxiety, who slip thro the net of existing provision.
6th Nov 2014
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People are being incentivised for everything now. I think Doctors should just do their jobs properly - they have had huge pay increases and whilst we know their job is difficult it's not as if they went into the field with their eyes closed.

On the subject of incentivisation - I heard this week that a school is giving iPad Minis to pupils who have FAILED their exams - what a rediculous thing to do. They are rewarding failure - so what sort of message does that send to the pupils who have worked hard and done well ....

Too much incentivisation in this country is killing ambition.
6th Nov 2014
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I think doctors should be doing this without extra incentive. They are already paid a lot.

It should be incentive enough for them to correctly diagnose a patient.

This is a truly horrible condition, and it does need more research - which is where I think the extra funding should go. Not in a GP's pocket for doing the job they are already tasked with.

Another issue with incentivising it is it may encourage some unscrupulous doctors to bolster there pay checks by diagnosing dementia in patients who have similar conditions, but do not suffer from dementia.

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