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fundholding Line breaks: fund|hold¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈfʌndhəʊldɪŋ/

Definition of fundholding in English:


[mass noun]
(In the UK) a former system of state funding for general practitioners, in which a GP was allocated a budget with which they could buy a limited range of hospital services.
Example sentences
  • Commissioning by primary care groups or trusts is an internal market-like idea that could be seen as generalisation of general practitioner fundholding.
  • The introduction of fundholding in primary care in the United Kingdom contained prescribing costs, although the effect was modest and seemingly not accompanied by parallel improvements in the quality of prescribing.
  • The systematic collection of community data was eroded not just by the loss of regional information departments but also by contracting out to the private sector and general practice fundholding.



Pronunciation: /ˈfʌndˌhəʊldə/
Example sentences
  • Some of the inequity resulted from the continuation of access acquired previously by general practice fundholders.
  • Consumers of these resources should have a duty to show a benefit from any consultations or treatments provided, and the fundholders should have a duty to withhold funds in the absence of such evidence.
  • Another study, based on admission data for four years, showed that fundholders reduced admission rates for elective procedures by 3.3% compared with non-fundholders.

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