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Letters User fees for NHS primary care in England

Let’s look at user fees with compassion

BMJ 2023; 380 doi: (Published 20 March 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;380:p611
  1. Susanne Stevens, retired social scientist
  1. Brecon, UK
  1. stevens.susanne78{at}

Let’s not look dispassionately at the debate around user fees but with every ounce of compassion at those whose lives are not benefiting from the NHS.1 Let’s remember the emotional as well as physical effects of inequality of access, including charges for health services, which already divide society.

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