CONTINUING THE PHILOSOPHY OF REGINALD O. KAPP

9.71 Ending the Prozac nation with outcome-based contracts by voucher prescriptions for mindfulness courses contracts


Paper for commissioners                         6.3.14
By John Kapp, 22, Saxon Rd hove BN3 4LE, 01273 417997, johnkapp@btinternet.com

Abstract
In 2006 to end the Prozac nation Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt launched the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, but antidepressant prescribing has since nearly doubled from 30-54 million pa. So that GPs can prescribe talking therapies as easily as Prozac, this paper recommends voucher prescriptions for mindfulness courses. A model outcome based contract is shown in appendix 1, which incentivises better outcomes. If adopted throughout England could end the Prozac nation by 2020, and halve the public health statistics.

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