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Most people should pay for NHS drugs

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1177
  1. Linda Beechama
  1. BMJ

    NHS prescriptions should be abolished, except for people who cannot afford them or who are chronically ill.

    The proposal comes from the right wing think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs, which argues that the present system, in which 83% of prescriptions are free and the rest cost £5.75 ($9.20) an item, is pointless and wasteful. In Should Pharmaceutical Prices be Regulated? the institute's health and welfare unit points out …

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