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Four in 10 GPs in favour of charging patients for appointments


I am one of those 40% who thinks charging would be the only thing that could save NHS GP as well as the vast majority of patients from a future dangerous third rate service. The net £60-70 / patient/ year income GPs get after expenses could be doubled. That income together with the decreased demand would allow for consultations to be 2-3 X longer. The extra staff needed to allow that sort of lengthened consultation would come from GPs and other Practitioners encouraged by a much more pleasant work situation from leaving the service in one way or another. Yes, on average patients would have to pay about £60 a year to get this quality potentially life saving service. They would be issued with a card from a DOH intermediate organization that they simply scan at the Practice desk for co-payment and the organization bills the patient but pays the GP. If the patient truely cannot afford the amount they can make a representation to DOH/intermediate for it to be waived. That was easy!

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10 Oct 2019

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