Patients should pay to see their GP…?

Limiting access by payment for the majority is a simple and knee-jerk solution. It will work, but it will be unfair if it is bought in suddenly so that those only just coping have no method of planning for exclusions and co-payments. More importantly the elderly and those with complex diseases such as Diabetes still need to pay. there must be a minimum of exclusions, which encourages autonomy. Special “individual tax exempt health funds” may help, and identity cards which allow Health Service access and include medical records. NHSreality believes that to encourage fairness these ID cards will need tax codes as well.  See lord-desai-letter-on-rationing-and-replyImage result for pay Dr cartoon

Charlotte Jones in LincolnshireLive reports an MP (Sir Edward Leigh) on 15th Jan 2017:  Patients should PAY to see their GP, Lincolnshire MP proposes – and in The Independent: Tory MP calls for debate on introducing NHS charges

Health ministers did not explicitly rule out the suggestion

The NHS should consider charging people to see their GP, according to Sir Edward Leigh.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “I think that, as in Australia, we could look at paying to go and see your GP and then it being free after that.

“I think we could look at cancelled appointments. “We could look at paying for your accommodation in hospitals.”

This is not the first time the Gainsborough MP has called for the Government to consider charging for NHS services.

Mr Leigh has referred to medical systems in other developed countries where people pay to see their doctors, and he says they work.

It comes as the British Medical Association is warning many people face dangerously long delays for treatment.

Four Lincolnshire GP surgeries closed their doors on January 7, leaving 11,000 patients without access to a GP.

The surgeries were the Arboretum Surgery and Burton Road Surgery both in Lincoln, and Metheringham Surgery and Pottergate Surgery in Gainsborough.

The future of Wainfleet GP surgery remains uncertain after it was closed in November over safety concerns.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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