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Two-thirds of patients willing to pay fine for missing a GP appointment

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Some NHS services are free at point of contact - but not all. We pay for teeth, eyes and prescriptions if we work, as well as paying National Insurance so for those who say start charging, the majority of the population already do pay. Added to which if we are to go down the privatising health by the drip drip back door method, customers (which they will be) are likely to demand a good, probably bespoke service. Many of us are fortunate to have great primary care services but not everyone is and I believe if we were introducing a standard charge (or attaching a value to an appointment) customers may be questioning why GP's effectively earn a very large hourly rate, paid for by patients, but are not prescribing medication on 'costs' grounds. not giving them the full time they have 'paid' for, and not actually curing them, when they have heard/read in the media of 'treatments' that work for particular condidions - whether it is true or not. I would also be willing to bet that there would be far more people eager to give feedback, and it would generally be those who are unhappy with their experience and feel they have 'paid' for the right to say so.

Posted date

08 Feb 2016

Posted time

12:32pm

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