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-reply
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
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.