§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 3 February,Official Report, column 874, what was the average prescribing costs per 1,000 patients in (a) fundholding and (b) non-fundholding practices on each of dates specified; and what comparable information she has on the prescribing costs of non-fundholding practices participating in incentive prescribing schemes at those dates.
§ Mr. Malone
Available information is shown in the table. Practice-based prescribing incentive schemes did not commence until 1993–94; comparable information is not available centrally.838W
Average prescribing cost per 1,000 patients (net ingredient cost) 1991–92 £ 1992–93 £ 1993–94 £ Fundholders: 51,000 56,000 61,000 Non-fundholders: 54,000 61,000 67,000
Net ingredient cost refers to the cost of the drugs before discounts and does not include any dispensing costs or fees.