The Department of Health recently commissioned a survey on
personal health budgets revealing that people with personal health
budgets are better at controlling their drug and alcohol dependency
than those that do not have a personal health budget.
This was just one of the many findings contained within the
Personal Health Budget Evaluation study including that people with
personal health budgets developed better relationships with their
health professionals and found innovative ways to spend their money
such as driving lessons and alternative therapies.
However researchers, commenting on the study, suggested that the
small sample size prevented a full analysis of the cost
effectiveness and outcomes of personal budgets. They also said that
their analysis did not evaluate personal health budgets as direct
payments but rather as budgets managed by commissioners.
You can read the full study report, Personal Health Budget