Letters Levying charges to tackle NHS funding crisis

Charging for primary care disproportionately affects the poor

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6310 (Published 21 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6310
  1. David Porteous, general practitioner1
  1. 1Fishponds Family Practice, Bristol BS16 3TD, UK
  1. Dave.porteous{at}gp-l81013.nhs.uk

I was disturbed that the discredited neoliberal economic theories found throughout the UK mainstream media have made it into The BMJ, usually a haven from such reactionary and damaging ideas.1

The notion that Britain can no longer afford healthcare free at the point of need, and that the NHS should be partially funded by patients being taxed to use primary care, is wrong. It …

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