Published by Andrew Haldenby on 24 November 2015
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Researcher Leo Ewbank spoke on BBC Radio London about the issue of whether patients should be charged to see GPs. He argued that the method should be considered as a possible revenue raiser for the NHS in a time of extreme financial pressure, and as a way to encourage the public to use GP resources more responsibly.
He highlighted the fact that two thirds of OECD countries charge some kind of financial contribution to visit GPs, and that a relatively small proportion of the UK population would be pay charges, due to carefully tailored exemptions for those who would have difficulty paying. Even with exemptions in place, it has been predicted that hundreds of millions of pounds in revenue could be raised from the scheme.