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What the NHS needs is a 'Fair Use' policy

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Australia: emollients, anti-fungal creams, NSAID gels, anti-histamines and a host of other non-life saving medications are OTC or private scripts. The government script scheme has essential meds only. There's a small charge for each item, even if you're a pensioner or unemployed - so no popping in to see the GP for paracetamol for your toothache or sore throat. Many practices will also charge a 'gap' to those that can afford it. It all encourages sensible use of healthcare, and makes people value the service more than they seemed to in the UK. It also makes the funding of healthcare more sustainable into the future - rather than the unlimited demand on the NHS.

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28 Nov 2012

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11:16am

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