Charge for missed GP appointments

If people miss their appointments to see a doctor they should be charged say £10 or £15 

Why the contribution is important

People will be more inclined to keep their appointments and make for more efficiency

by choll on April 10, 2017 at 09:09PM

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Average rating: 4.6
Based on: 3 votes


  • Posted by OldSailor April 10, 2017 at 21:47

    This saves money... how? Costs money to raise an invoice, post it, receive and process payment and.. chase debtors?
  • Posted by Shale April 11, 2017 at 11:24

    How?? when a doctors surgery has132 missed appointments in one month alone, that will be enough money to cover any invoices
  • Posted by OldSailor April 12, 2017 at 16:07

    Seeing how waiting rooms are rarely empty, there is nothing to stop the doctor calling the next patient a little earlier to use that slot that a different patient did not turn up for. The doctors aren't sitting at their computer playing solitaire during that time are they? Still working. Or at least should be still working.
  • Posted by Manneen April 13, 2017 at 07:51

    Yes the Dr can call the next patient in - but you are missing the point. People cannot get a appointment because all the slots have been taken. We used to have a system where you just turned up if you were ill that day knowing you would be seen. The whole reason there are systems is because a minority of people abuse them. They do not comply and subsequently spoil things for the rest of us who do. Simple solution - abuse a public service and get barred no fine necessary.
  • Posted by madeleine April 16, 2017 at 01:00

    Allow doctors surgeries to raise charges on a discretionary basis and refuse to give patient another appointment until they pay up! Simples!
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 17, 2017 at 11:12

    Are we even asking WHY? A 132 appointments lost in one month must be telling us something surely. We are(including me) all giving the answer before we know the cause, and this has to be something the Surgeries should be looking in to. Is it just bad manners? The sheer volume of missed appointments is worthy of investigation. As a simple idea though,when a person makes an appointment,could the receptionist advise that missed appointments will be logged on patient records. Then, after a period of six months,assess the repeat offenders and tackle them about it,or,introduce a fine and warn anyone making an appointment that the missed appointment fine system is now in operation.Actually being told this when you ring up will sharpen quite a few memories I am sure!
    As for cost of invoicing? Not needed as when patient rings for a further appointment,advise them to bring money to pay the fine for the previous missed appointment.
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