Published on 01/11/2010
Private medical cover
may become increasingly popular after it was revealed that private-owned hospitals are better managed than their state equivalents.
A new report from the London School of Economic' Centre for Economic Progress (CEP) has looked into management practices at hospitals in seven countries across the globe.
The report, entitled Management in Healthcare: Why Good Practices Really Matters, assessed nearly 1,200 hospitals in the UK, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden.
It said that private hospitals, including not-for profits, achieved higher management scores in all seven states.
Professor John Van Reenen, director of CEP, said: "An overriding message is that management quality varies greatly within countries, even within a publicly dominated healthcare sector like the NHS. Many of the same factors that matter in other sectors - such as competition and skills - also matter for healthcare.
"For the UK, having more clinically trained managers should be a priority."
It follows the government's recently announced plans to hand more NHS management responsibilities to GPs, who will become responsible for healthcare budgets.
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