So why the hard sell? GPs earn QOF points (Quality and Outcomes Framework) both for testing cholesterol, and lowering it, which statins will do. QOF points convert into money. That’s the way the system works and can make up a fifth of a GPs salary. I thought of saying ‘how much will you earn? Can we split the difference, calculated with this spoof QOFIT app!
Instead I sent him the link to Dr Malcolm Kendrick’s podcast – What Really Causes Heart Disease – the Clot Thickens.
Have you been QOFed? That is, encouraged to have tests or treatments that earn your GP QOF points? I wrote about how GPs are paid to prescribe ineffective drugs last year if you’d like to dig a bit deeper. Also see my podcast with Dr Malcolm Kendrick and Dr Tess Lawrie – What’s Driving Excess Cardio Deaths.