Charge for missed doctors/ hospital appointments

If a doctors or hospital appointment is not cancelled and is also not attended then a fine should be issued. Trying to get appointments is proving more and more difficult and this is not helped by individuals who don't both turning up to appointments. With text reminder services now available, there is not much excuse for these to be missed.

I'm only suggesting a small amount such as £10. Enough to make individuals take appointments more seriously and to make some extra money to help towards budget cuts

Why the contribution is important

This will help individuals who have an urgent need to see a doctor and also ensure that there is at least a monetary benefit when appointments are missed

by pent on April 05, 2017 at 02:07PM

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Average rating: 4.6
Based on: 16 votes


  • Posted by Grianane April 05, 2017 at 14:27

    Excellent idea, however the appointments system needs improving in particular for consultants.
  • Posted by Litigant April 05, 2017 at 16:58

    The French system is better. Charge everyone for GP and hospial appointments, and (rapid) refund to those eligible. Also stops health tourism, and a particular abuse which may be widespread in the Isle of Man. I know of cases where people not normally resident here have made hospital appointments. If they have left before the appointment, no need to bother to cancel it. The primary purpose anyway was not to get treatment, but to prove residence for income tax purposes.
  • Posted by dduke April 05, 2017 at 17:07

    Excellent idea.
  • Posted by ladyofmann April 05, 2017 at 20:14

    Agree, although I would suggest a much bigger charge. What happens though if the fine isn't paid? Does the patient deprive himself of access to medical services? Possibly fraught with difficulties in implementation.
  • Posted by RamseyMan April 05, 2017 at 23:44

    Sounds OK but not sure about this. What if you take time off work etc turn up on time for your appointment and the hospital is is unable to fulfill the appointment do you get some kind of compensation for your wasted time?
  • Posted by Joe1000 April 07, 2017 at 10:51

    On my last GP visit the sign said they had 164 patients not turn up for appointments in the previous month, a few years ago it was about 100 patients. Not turning up is getting worse and 3 weeks to get an appointment at times. I have no problem with a fine system being introduced.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 08, 2017 at 14:37

    Dentists charge for missed appointments so why not Surgeries,and should operate a'queue' of people who can come at short notice if an appointment IS cancelled so that slot is not wasted.Think that fine should be for repeat offenders and reception could log these on computer so they are known.Its okay telling us of all the hours lost,why don't they act on it if it's so bad? Or is it we are so politically correct and people so ready to be offended that we can no longer censure people for their rude and wasteful behaviour?
  • Posted by x April 09, 2017 at 14:46

    good idea. I think we also should introduce a small charge for appointments in general; it seems like many just go to the doctors for fun "Oh, i got a cold, better go to the GP".
    Of course such a system would have to be created so it just punish the time wasters, and not people that genuinely have to visit the doctors often
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 16, 2017 at 13:28

    The old way of being attached to a Doctors 'list' worked well and consistency of care is a money saver as well as improving outcomes for patients(proven by widespread research).Time is wasted seeing a Doctor who doesn't know you,explaining your history as they always ask you this and does lead to information gaps which isn't ideal.Now the receptionist decides who you see and when.
    People are less likely to mess a Doctor about if they have to face them on subsequent appointments and it builds the trust between Doctor and patient which seems to have evaporated recently.
    Arguement may be a popular or more competent Doctor will be oversubscribed,but this in itself should make the other Docs sit up and take note" what are they doing that I am not?"
  • Posted by madeleine April 17, 2017 at 21:07

    With a Health and Social care Card all GP, Hospital and NHS Dental Appointments can by charged for with those exempt would. £10 for an appointment will not entirely prevent people missing appointments as I suspect many elderly patients can simply have a bad day or people are delayed because the bus was late.
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