Cancer: Screening

Health written question – answered at on 31 January 2008.

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Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how an activity based system for funding screening services, as outlined in the Cancer Reform Strategy, will operate.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The Cancer Reform Strategy committed the Department to explore moving to an activity based system for funding screening services. We are at the early stages of this exploration, and are focusing on how cancer screening can fit within the existing payment by results (PbR) system. PbR is a prospective payment system that pays hospitals according to the activity they do through the national tariff.

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