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GP leaders to vote on whether to support patient charges for appointments

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I have worked in systems where the patient pays for a consultation. And no it was not not somewhere like Australia or Europe, but a mission hospital in St Lucia where people would pay a week's wages to see a dr. It didn't reduce work load, but it did did change the dynamics of the consultation. It led to increased investigations, longer consultations, more demand as a right by patients, and people would continue bringing their children even if you had seen them only a day or so earlier for the same self limiting conditions that you had tried to educate them to self treat. So no, not a good idea, not a safe idea, and not a cost effective idea.

Posted date

06 May 2014

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9:24pm

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