Incentives for GPs have limited appeal

A government department in Toronto evaluated the effectiveness of GP incentives to screen patients for cancer.

The incentives started in 2006. The researchers therefore compared the annual screening rates from 2000 to 2010. Screening rates did not increase immediately after incentives were introduced. Over the study period, breast cancer screening increased from 60% to 63% of eligible women, and cervical screening rose from 55% to 57%. There was an increase from 20% to 51% in colorectal (CR) screening.

Before incentives were introduced, CR screening rates were increasing at about 3% per year. This rose to 4.7%