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Health Care Consumerism and Patient Choice
Health care consumerism and patient choice

The political discourse of greater ‘patient choice’ over health care decision-making can be found in the policy agendas of all the major political parties stretching back more than two decades. However, in 2004, the New Labour government finally realized its commitment when it introduced its White Paper, The NHS Improvement Plan (DoH, 2004). This goal of achieving patient-centredness in health care delivery is illustrated by the following quote taken from this Improvement Plan:

Rapid access is not enough. To meet today's expectations, patients need to be able to choose from a range of services that best meet their needs and preferences. Between now and 2008, the NHS will be making the changes which enable patients ...

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