The argument in objecting to knowing costs in advance is that some would not take up the service. NHSreality says this is part of the “tough love” that is needed if we are to save our health services. Lord Alverthorpe’s argument is reasonable, but not tough enough. There must be too many patient representatives feeding back to the Lord.
The Times letters 29th March 2018
Sir, The government’s prospective financial birthday present to celebrate the NHS’s 70th anniversary should not detract from the search for funding reforms for health and social care (letters, Mar 24). It should encourage us to review how responsible we are for maintaining the NHS. Some of us in the House of Lords have long argued that if patients knew what the costs of NHS services were they might treat it more responsibly. The government opposes such a development for fear that it might discourage the take-up of services. So I have suggested that after treatment only those patients who request it be told the cost. They could then make a tax-free donation covering the cost or part of it to an NHS national charity established for this purpose.
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe
House of Lords, London SW1