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IN THE CLAIMS 

1 . (currently amended) A method of incentivising members of a disease 
management programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the 
steps of; 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific 
programme areas , wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme 
areas that if complied with will be of benefit to a member stricken with any disease 
managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 
programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit 
to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease 
management programme; 

awarding points to a member for each of the general programme areas in which 
the member participates ; 

associating o ach of the plurality of general programm e areas w i th each of th e 
diseas e s manag e d by th e programme; 

associating each of th e plurality of sp o c i f i c programm e ar e as only w i th thos o 

d i s e as e s manag e d by th e programm e to wh i ch th o sp e cific programm e ar o a is 
d e termin e d to be of part i cular b e n e f i t to a memb e r affl i ct e d with th e dis o aso; 

awarding points to a member for each of the specific programme areas in which 
the member participates, only if the member is afflicted with a disease which is 



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associat e d with that particular programme-area to which the specific programme area in 
which the member participates has been determined to be of particular benefit ; aw£ 
calculating the total number of points awarded to the member; and 
allocating a reward to the member if the total number of points awarded to the 
member accumulate to a predetermined amount. 

2. (original) A method according to claim 1 , wherein points are only awarded to 
the member if the member participates in all of the programme areas which are 
associated with the disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted.. 

3. (original) A method according to claim 1, wherein additional points are 
awarded to the member if the member participates in all of the programme areas which 
are associated with the disease or diseases with which the member is afflicted. 

4. (previously presented) A method according to claim 1 wherein the general 
programme areas are some of diet, exercise, smoking and education. 

5. (original) A method according to claim 1 wherein the specific programme 
areas are one or more of blood pressure, flow volume loop measurement, influenza 
vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, cholesterol and long term glucose control., 



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6,. (original) A method according claim 1 further including the steps of: 

defining a measurable within at least one of the general or specific programme 

areas so that a members performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 
defining a minimum level of the measurable, which minimum level indicates a 

minimum required level of member performance within the at least one programme 

area; and 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the defined minimum level of 
a measurable for the at least one programme area only if the member is afflicted with a 
disease which is associated with that particular programme area,, 

7. (original) A method according to claim 6 further comprising the step of 
awarding additional points to the member if the member obtains the minimum level of a 
measurable for all of the programme areas which are associated with the disease with 
which the member is afflicted,, 

8. (currently amended) A method of incentivising members of a disease 
management programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the 
steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific 
programme areas , wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme 
areas that if complied with will be of benefit to a member stricken with any disease 

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managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 
programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit 
to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease 
management programme ; 

associating e ach of th e plura l ity of g e n e ral programm e ar e as with e ach of th e 
di s eases manag e d by th e programm e ; 

associating e a ch of th e plura l ity of sp e cif i c programm e ar e as only with thos e 

d i s e as e s manag e d by th e programm e to which th e sp e cific programm e ar e a i s 
d e t e rmin e d to be of part i cular b e n e fit to a m e mb e r aff l ict e d w i th th e dis e as e ; 

defining a measurable within each of the general and specific programme areas 
so that a member's performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum level indicates a 
minimum required level of member performance within each of the programme areas; 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the minimum level of a 
measurable for a particular programme area only if the member is afflicted with a 
disease which is associated with that particular programme area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the member 
accumulate to a predetermined amount. 



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9. (original) A method according to claim 8 wherein, additional points are 
awarded to the member if they obtain the minimum level of a measurable for all of the 
programme areas which are associated with the disease with which the member is 
afflicted. 

10. (previously presented) A method according to claim 8 wherein the general 
programme areas are some of diet, exercise, smoking and education,. 

1 1 . (original) A method according to claim 8 wherein the specific programme 
areas are one or more of blood pressure, flow volume, loop measurement, influenza 
vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, cholesterol and long term glucose control. 

12. (currently amended) A method of incentivising members of a disease 
management programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the 
steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific 
programme areas , wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme 
areas that if complied with will be of benefit to a member stricken with any disease 
managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 
programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit 



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to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease 
management programme ; 

associating e ach of the p l urality of g e n e r a l programm e ar e as with e ach of th e 
dis e as e s manag e d by th e programm e ; 

associating e ach of th e plura l ity of sp e c i f i c programm e ar e as on l y with thos e 

dis e as e s manag e d by th e programm e to wh i ch th e sp e cific programm e ar e a is 
d e t e rmin e d to b e of particular ben e fit to a m e mb e r who i s pr e dispos e d to b e ing a ff li ct e d 
w i th th e d i s e as e ; 

awarding points to a member for each of the programme areas in which the 
member participates, only if the member is predisposed to being afflicted with a disease 
which is associated with that particular programme area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the member 
accumulate to a predetermined amount. 

1 3. (currently amended) A method of incentivising members of a disease 
management programme to comply with the programme, the method comprising the 
steps of: 

defining a plurality of general programme areas and a plurality of specific 
programme areas , wherein the plurality of general programme areas are programme 
areas that if complied with will be of benefit to a member stricken with any disease 
managed by the disease management programme and wherein the plurality of specific 

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programme areas are programme areas that are determined to be of particular benefit 
to a member afflicted with some but not all of the diseases managed by the disease 
management programme ; 

associating e ach of th e plura l ity of g e n e ral programm e ar e as w i th e ach of th e 
d i s e as e s manag e d by th e programm e ; 

assoc i ating each of th e plurality of sp e cific programm e areas only w i th thos e 

dis e as e s manag e d by th e programm e to which th e sp e c i f i c programm e ar e a is 
d e t e rmin e d to b e of particular b e n e fit to a m e mb e r who i s pr e dispos e d to b ei ng afflict e d 
w i th th e dis e as e ; 

defining a measurable within each of the general and specific programme areas 
so that a member's performance within said programme area can be ascertained; 

defining a minimum level for each measurable, which minimum level indicates a 
minimum required level of member performance within each of the programme areas; 

awarding points to a member if the member obtains the minimum level of a 
measurable for a particular programme area only if the member is predisposed to being 
afflicted with a disease which is associated with that particular programme area; and 

allocating a reward to the member if the points awarded to the member 
accumulate to a predetermined amount. 

14. (previously presented) A method according to claim 1 wherein the amount of 
the reward is related to the amount of points accumulated by the member. 



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15. (previously presented) A method according to claim 1 wherein the reward is 
a cash payout or special options on services. 

16. (previously presented) A method according to claim 15 wherein the services 
are one or more of airplane tickets, hotel accommodation and car rentals. 

17. (previously presented) A method according to claim 8 wherein the amount of 
the reward is related to the amount of points accumulated by the member, 

18. (previously presented) A method according to claim 8 wherein the reward is 
a cash payout or special options on services. 

1 9. (currently amended) A method according to claim [[1 6]] 18 wherein the 
services are one or more of airplane tickets, hotel accommodation and car rentals 



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