By Luke Allen in The Conversation.
Earlier this month the British Medical Journal published a head-to-head on the issue of whether people in the UK should pay to see a GP. On the face of it, levying a small fee or “co-payment” makes sense. Demand for GP consultations is likely to double over the next 20 years, health costs are spiralling, fees are backed by high-profile figures including a former health secretary, and fees might deter the small number of repeat attenders who account for a disproportionate burden of consultations, prescriptions and referrals.
But hold your horses. There are five compelling reasons why this seemingly innocuous measure is a bad idea.
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