Patients should be charged a tenner for every GP appointment, says an â€˜influentialâ€™ right-wing think-tank today. Reform says charging patients a 'token' amount could save the NHS Â£1.6billion by 2014, and help cut the deficit.
The controversial report - published today ahead of next week's Budget â€“ also recommends cutting a fifth from the health budget, shedding 250,000 staff and leaving sick people to be eaten by dogs. Oops â€“ scratch the dogs bit.
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Is it just me, but I feel I already pay for this...or will I get a tax refund/deduction? I could understand if you fail to turn up to an appointment, but how many of us go only to be told were fine and then return a few days later with a missed chest infection or something.