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Half of GPs in favour of charging for routine appointments


This won`t work. Using evidence- there are 3 main main drivers for behaviour- romantic, financial and moral/ethical. A study in the states showed that when parents picking up kids late from school were charges- it was then found that more parents picked up later- as the moral driver was removed- the fact that they paid removed any guilt. A minimal charge will likely justify several complaints and wants as they are then paying for it. ( Yes I know they are already via tax etc- but that is "hidden"). What`s worrying is that it`s the first step towards doing as the Dentists did when their contract was unfair. I know Dentists that earn £9000 for a 2 day week( and yes there are a few poor dentists - ((just as there a few ethical daily wail jounrnalists, well probably there are!)). I do wonder if thae current agenda is to push us the same way as the Dentists, by either design or incompetance. However Gp`s on the whole are usually not as motivated by money as some of the trolls on this site and the Saily Wail think- if wanted money we,d already be in private practice. P.S. Whilst i believe in balance, This is a proffesion`s blog and sounding board, Pulse, I do wish you would help loweer GP`s blood Pressures, by ensuring it`s only target proffesionals who can comment, Most of the replies are "Dear anon at 1240 please be informed that you are talking rubbish , and cluless over blah blah". I agree with balance, but if i want to become depressed I read a certain papers blogs and despair .

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25 Jul 2013

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