Journal article

What impact did the creation of Local Health Care Co-operatives have on indicators of practice resources and activity?

Gary McLean, Matt Sutton

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The creation of Local Health Care Cooperatives (LHCCs) in Scotland in 1999 was typical of attempts to encourage voluntary integration and co-operation between health care providers. One of the three stated objectives of their introduction was to tackle inequalities and improve access to care. METHODS: We used administrative data on all general practices in 1999 and 2003 to examine whether LHCCs had any measurable impact on six indicators of practice resources and activity. We compare three groups (participant, non-participant, and ineligible practices) through regression analysis of changes over time in group means and within-group inequality (measured using Gini coefficients). I..

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