The Hospital Choice survey is part of the General Practitioner Patient Survey (GPPS). It is expected that, overall, the GPPS will cost no more than £11 million to £12 million. The total cost of the Hospital Choice element of the survey will depend upon the number of responses received by Ipsos MORI from patients but is likely to be in the order of £2.5 million.
The Hospital Choice survey will be handed out to patients referred between 16 January and 31 March 2007. First-class return postage is used as it has been shown to increase the response rate for such surveys. The higher the response rate, the more accurate the survey results will be for each practice.