Designing incentives for good-quality hospital care

Sue M Evans, Peter A Cameron and John J McNeil
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11089
Published online: 19 November 2012

To the Editor: Duckett makes a compelling argument for introducing non-pay for non-performance.1 However, such a scheme will not produce discernible results, for two reasons.

  • 1 Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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  • 1. Duckett SJ. Designing incentives for good-quality hospital care. Med J Aust 2012; 196: 678-679. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Haynes AB, Weiser TG, Berry WR, et al. A surgical safety checklist to reduce morbidity and mortality in a global population. N Engl J Med 2009; 360: 491-499.
  • 3. Ricciardi R, Baxter NN, Read TE, et al. Surgeon involvement in the care of patients deemed to have “preventable” conditions. J Am Coll Surg 2009; 209: 707-711.


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