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79% of people think Government should charge for missed GP appointments


A good example of the public saying yes to something unworkable, without having to put a shred of thought into the mechanics of it. How are you going to charge the DNAs? And if they don't pay send the bailiffs? Refuse to treat them again until they pay, that's a moral minefield. Get into raging arguments with them claiming they did cancel, that they tried to but the phones were always engaged, that their elderly mother had been rushed into hospital etc etc etc. The idea sounds fine if you apply an IQ less than 100 to it. Meanwhile in the real world it is bonkers and unworkable. However there is a workable and perfect solution. Charge everyone some amount say £20 to book an appointment. Non-refundable under any circumstances. That way you have already collected the DNA fee before they DNA, and demand for appts each day will drop enough that pressure will be taken off all practices so that those who do need to see the doctor can actually get an appointment.

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14 Jan 2015

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