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Paying to see a specialist: welcome to the two tier NHS

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 09 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2706
  1. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner, Glasgow

The healthcare company Better has a vision: “Your dream NHS, made a reality.”1 Sadly it doesn’t include George Clooney; it’s a new scheme in which people pay a few hundred pounds a year for insurance that entitles them to one or two “free” specialist consultations a year. The website says that no one is turned down and that “ is responsible for your medical welfare from diagnosis through to full recovery. We arrange all tests, procedures and treatments to ensure your complete peace of mind.”

With “no waiting …

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