Charging for some treatments is justified only if NHS proves it is efficient, says public

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2432
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The UK public remains firmly supportive of the principle that healthcare should be free at the point of use but would support charging for a limited range of treatments and services in the face of growing economic pressure, new research indicates.

Detailed research by the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund and the pollster Ipsos MORI has found that most people steadfastly believe in the principle that access to healthcare should be determined by need and not people’s ability to pay.1

The report, produced after two “deliberative events” in London and Leeds designed to inform and test the public’s views on NHS funding, came after recent research from the King’s Fund showed that the United Kingdom could be spending 20% of its gross domestic …

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