Guidance

Guide to the market forces factor 2014/15

Information on how the market forces factor, a nationally determined variation to the national price, is calculated and how it is used.

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The market forces factor is an estimate of unavoidable cost differences between healthcare providers, based on their geographical location.

It is used to adjust resource allocations in the NHS in proportion to these cost differences, so that patients are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged by the relative level of unavoidable costs in different parts of the country.