BP better controlled with cash reward

Some 8.4% more patients achieved blood pressure control or received the appropriate response to uncontrolled BP when their doctor received a cash reward, compared to the control group.

The mean individual payment over the 20-month study was $2672, approximately 1.6% of a physician’s salary, assuming a salary of US$168,000 ($180,000).

Researchers conducted a trial to test the effect of financial incentives to 83 enrolled primary care physicians for the delivery of guideline-recommended care for hypertension at 12 Veterans Affairs (VA)