Recently there was a professional debate at the British Medical Association conference about patients being made to pay to see their doctor. Luckily, the rules were not changed, and you can continue to visit your doctor without paying any money.
During the debate, professionals were told that patients are at risk because doctors are given too much work and cannot cope. Some doctors see 60 patients in one day, and that is too much, especially when doctors have other responsibilities including home visits, phone calls, organising prescriptions, communicating with hospitals and writing reports.
People supporting the idea that patients should pay to see their doctor said patients should pay between £10 and £25 each time they have an appointment. They said the money could go towards employing more doctors.
People who didn’t agree with the idea said that making patients pay would ruin the relationship a doctor has with the patient.
Conclusion – Patients do not need to pay to see their doctor.