Is it time to start charging for GP appointments?

Is it time to start charging for GP appointments?

Following on the post about Telford closing some GP surgeries and some of you commenting about charging for GP appointments, is it time to start charging?

Would you be in favour of a nominal £10 charge to see a Dr if it resulted in being able to get appointments more easily?

30 thoughts on “Is it time to start charging for GP appointments?

    • July 13, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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      We live in the 5th largest economy in the world.

      We have the 3rd worst funded Public Health Care system in the EU (per capita) only in front of Estonia and Ireland.

      So, maybe you should ask where all the money is going from our economic success?

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    • July 14, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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      Nominal, falling over laughing, may be nominal to you but not me!

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    Instead of charging people for an appointment, you should look at charging those that don’t turn up when they have one which actually costs the NHS money for wasted appointments

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:44 pm
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    I think I have paid enough over my 47 working years dont you? Plus I have only visited the doctor 1 in the past 7 years and that was when I HAD to go. It’s people who go for a “social” that clog up the doctors

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    The reason no one in can get an appointment esp if your surgery is part of TELDOC is because now all the appointments go to the private patients.

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    • July 13, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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      Is that right do they have private patients at teldoc? The service is terrible at teldoc but you have little choice they control he majority of surgeries in telford. It feels like it is run to make money not serve people

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    Drop my tax and do so but they will have to guarantee me god damn appointment 3 weeks I’ve been waiting and I pay over £100 a week tax fucking jokers !!!

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    • July 13, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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      Yeah, great idea.

      The super-rich, who don’t want to pay any tax at all, will have won – and everyone else suffers.

      Well done to you.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    May be worth considering a refundable deposit which you forfeit if you don’t turn up.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:46 pm
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    those that use AnE for ridiculous problems that could be seen by a gp.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    if you charge to see a gp people will go to AnE instead and that will be even worse.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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    Or rather than specific times, they could give you a 30 minute slot and see people in order of arrival. Ie tell 6 people an appointment slot of 3pm-3.30. If one doesn’t show up it will not impact on the rest of the day or leave anyone waiting around for ages

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    We already pay enough for public services. Our government are failing us. Selling off our NHS and selling off all our public services. What’s the point in paying tax then.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    I work and pay taxes why would I pay more for a shit service anyway all they wanna do is get you in and out as fast as possible. They dont care they diagnose you within ten seconds and send you on your way

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm
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    Isn’t that what tax is for ? It’s the time wasters and those that book and don’t turn up that should be ashamed or a practice with more than one gp in it might be better , you ring for a appointment they tell you non available yet the waiting room is always empty

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    I pay every week via my national insurance, been to the doctors once this year ……can I have a refund ? 🙂

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    Scroungers can yes, but the actual honest and hardworking folk of Telford have already been held to ransom for their fee’s through taxation.
    Let’s be really honest. Most of the dole dossers in Telford see ‘another’ trip to the doctors as a ticket to more disability payments for “severe limp’s” and “idle-itis”.
    If I could opt out of paying benefits and welfare from my tax, I’d be on the phone to HMRC quicker than a tramp on chips.

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  • July 13, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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    In some European countries you have to pay around 3-5 euros for seeing your Gp, to avoid people to just constantly use it! still rather busy and long wait but not more than few days for an appointment!

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  • July 13, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    No but charge the one’s who don’t turn up for their appointments! I already pay for this service through taxation, not to mention having to pay outrageous prescription charges especially when you’re on medication for life.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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    Look at our EU neighbour, Ireland.

    50~60EUR just to visit your GP.
    100EUR to visit A&E.

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