Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 12(3) May 2009 : 18-21.doi:10.12927/hcq.2013.20872

Service-Based Funding and Pay for Performance: Will Incentive Payments Give Canadian Healthcare the Quality Boost It Needs?

Jane Coutts and Jennifer Thornhill

The link between paying incentives and improving quality in healthcare remains largely theoretical in Canada - and, indeed, around the world. Evidence that tying pay or funding to good results will improve care is inconsistent and often weak. Yet "pay for performance" and "service-based funding" are fast-growing international trends, rapidly becoming dominant models in American and British healthcare. Now they're making inroads in Canada and are unquestionably headed for a bigger role in years to come.



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