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How Excellent: The NHS To Start Charging For Doctor’s Appointments

by | 7th, May 2014

New facilities for St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London: The demonstration room for the new nurses home. Date: 30/05/1961


THIS is going to cause an awful lot of shouting around and about the place but it’s also an excellent idea. That the NHS should start charging people when they make a doctor’s appointment. The shouting will come from those who insist that the NHS must be free at the point of use. The excellent part comes from the way in which the NHS should not be free at the point of use.

Here’s the report :

GPs are to hold a vote on charging for appointments.

The idea is to deter patients from missing consultations a problem that costs £160million a year. The fees possibly between £10 and £25 would be the first since the NHS was founded in 1948.

One GP said an entire morning’s work was lost when 14 patients failed to turn up. Others believe the free care offered by the Health Service is unsustainable in the face of an aging and increasingly obese population.

It is feared however that charging would stop patients seeking help or encourage them to go to overstretched casualty units.

The proposal is to be debated at the British Medical Association’s local medical committee conference in York on May 22.

The problem is that people don’t

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