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Four in 10 GPs in favour of charging patients for appointments


I'm against billing the patient - but the three medical systems that lie geographically nearest to us - all charge for a primary care contact. (France, Ireland and the Channel Islands). Charges vary between about 18 and about 50 pounds. There are exemptions (in Ireland), refunds (in France) or a state contribution (in the Channel Islands). It is my impression that access to all three of the above primary care systems is generally rather better than in the UK. I note though that all three areas - like the UK - have recruitment problems. The situation in France - where the charge is lowest - is helped by the excellence of the hospital system.

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10 Oct 2019

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