The use of individual budgets in healthcare marks the beginning of a new set of opportunities for clinicians to collaborate with their patients and use approaches that are not limited to traditional medical treatments. Individual budgets will be particularly valuable in areas of healthcare where increased patient control, responsiveness, creativity or personalisation are useful. Individual budgets are likely to be particularly useful for people with chronic health conditions or mental health needs and for those people who are at the end of life.
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