Doctors and resource management: incentives and goodwill

Health Policy. 1993 Apr;24(1):71-82. doi: 10.1016/0168-8510(93)90089-8.


The increasing pressure on resources available for health care in many countries has led to a re-examination of the way in which resources are allocated and committed. One important and innovative option is for managers and doctors to collaborate formally in decision-making. This paper draws on experience of this approach in the UK National Health Service, in the Resource Management Initiative and suggests that its success or failure depends on the nature and strength of the incentives to the two sides to collaborate.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making, Organizational
  • Health Care Rationing / organization & administration*
  • Health Policy / economics
  • Hospitals, Public / economics
  • Hospitals, Public / organization & administration
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Physician Incentive Plans / economics
  • Physician Incentive Plans / organization & administration*
  • Physician's Role
  • Pilot Projects
  • Program Development
  • State Medicine / economics
  • State Medicine / organization & administration*
  • United Kingdom