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sarah293 Sun 19-Jul-09 16:17:28

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TheCrackFox Sun 19-Jul-09 16:30:30

I think it is a terrible idea. It didn't work with dentistry so how will it work with GPs?

However, I think it might be a good idea to charge people £20 when they book an appointment and then forget to go.

brettgirl2 Sun 19-Jul-09 16:32:25

Although at our doctors I think the system would break down entirely in the total absence of no-shows.

sarah293 Sun 19-Jul-09 16:32:54

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lou031205 Sun 19-Jul-09 16:42:01

They do this in France.

sarah293 Sun 19-Jul-09 16:49:20

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alardi Sun 19-Jul-09 17:06:17

I wonder if a penalty system should be introduced for missed appointments, for people who aren't on benefits: so not children/OAPs/disabled/on maternity leave or claiming JSA.

But almost anyone else would have to pay 15 quid or whatever my (private) dentist charges if I'm more than 5 min. late to see her.

janeite Sun 19-Jul-09 17:11:53

Terrible suggestion. Riven - your posts make great but terrifying sense.

macherie Sun 19-Jul-09 17:13:00

In Ireland it is 50-65 Euro (abt 45-60 pounds) to vist your GP, depending on where you live shock

Only those on very low incomes get free GP visits.

brettgirl2 Sun 19-Jul-09 17:20:03

SO people on benefits don't have to pay. Although intuitively obvious as a tax payer I am the one who is already paying.

Thunderduck Sun 19-Jul-09 17:20:07

Well said Riven. It's a ridiculous idea.

Healthcare is a basic human right imho and not something one should be charged for directly,other than via tax.
It's penalising the poor.

sarah293 Sun 19-Jul-09 17:35:47

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ItsAllaBitNoisy Sun 19-Jul-09 17:43:04

Yep, in Ireland it's a least e50 just to see the GP. Then whatever the drugs cost. An anti-biotic can range from e15 to e50 depending on how well the GP has been treated by the drug company hmm. You just get used to it.

There are signs all over the surgery advising that they don't do credit, if you don't have the money you can't see the GP.

Thunderduck Sun 19-Jul-09 17:44:12

I agree with you.
It doesn't make sense for the advice to be free when one goes to the doctor, but to charge for the cure.
It rather defeats the purpose of going if one is unable to afford the medication.

And it doesn't make sense to me either to charge for dental visits and treatment, when they are also an essential part of healthcare.

sarah293 Sun 19-Jul-09 17:44:18

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GiraffesCanRunA10k Sun 19-Jul-09 17:47:06

Shit idea, for so many reasons. What about a&e? If you get run over would you have to pay then or just to see a GP?

Othersideofthechannel Sun 19-Jul-09 17:50:36

Yes Lou, but in France they refund 70% of it for most people and 100% for some people (means tested)
And regardless of your financial situation, if you have a condition like diabetes, any healthcare related to that problem is refunded 100%.

dilemma456 Sun 19-Jul-09 17:51:24

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ItsAllaBitNoisy Sun 19-Jul-09 17:53:48

A&E in Ireland is e100 to see the triage nurse. But your billed for it, rather than having to pay up front like in the GPs.

@ Riven. You just have to find the money. There is no other option.

sarah293 Sun 19-Jul-09 17:55:58

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ItsAllaBitNoisy Sun 19-Jul-09 17:56:34

oh and we pay much higher taxes and NI as well.

Thats it - I'm moving to the UK.

ItsAllaBitNoisy Sun 19-Jul-09 18:00:56

@ Riven

Yup, terrible system. Although, if you are struggling (really struggling) and have DCs with SN you can get a Medical Card (kinda like a Platinum Visa!) so you don't have to pay anything. Lots of hoops to jump through to get it though.

BONKERZ Sun 19-Jul-09 18:12:06

i already have avoided going to the doctors for about 5 months now, i have a sore rash on my feet which i think is psoriosis and cannot afford prescription.....i have used all the over the counter cheap creams and its still really bad and now i have huge cracks and sores on my feet........i should be able to go in about 3 weeks as have been saving up because i know my prescription will be about 5 items which will cost me over £35 which is money i just dont have......if i had to pay to go docs i would never go! Havent been dentist in 4 years since i was pregnant with DD because i just cannot afford it, in 4 years i have 2 teeth that have just crumbled away.

sarah293 Sun 19-Jul-09 18:44:04

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MarthaFarquhar Sun 19-Jul-09 18:47:04

agree totally with dilemma 456

In most conditions, from heart disease, to cancer, diabetes, to mental health, early intervention is key to a full and swift recovery. Later presentation means more complications, more interventions and increased hospital stays, so this would be more expensive in the long run.

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