Charge for visits to A&E

A&E is over extended and misused. Anyone using it should be charged. If on benefits excemptions should apply. This is done in other countries successfully with an invoice being sent after the event. Costs of invoicing should be built in to the charge structure. 

Why the contribution is important

Emergencies are a given. Introducing a charge system would prevent people using A&E as an alternative to seeing their GP and thus enable the Department to reduce its outgoings.

by Queenofthebeens on April 06, 2017 at 08:41AM

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  • Posted by MrBill April 06, 2017 at 09:42

    But we are already paying for that in our Taxes!

    If we paid at A&E we would be paying twice!

  • Posted by Michael118 April 06, 2017 at 13:54

    I can see where you are coming from but it is payed for in taxes. Maybe a charge for people injured under influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Posted by thinktank April 06, 2017 at 15:31

    Maybe we just charge people who are visiting (make them pay at the time like the US) or indeed those that misuse A & E and yes even those on benefits as they might abuse the system the same as anyone else. It isn't just those of us who pay taxes who misuse A & E!!!!
  • Posted by Joe1000 April 07, 2017 at 10:30

    I see no problem in charging say £50 for an Ambulance call out, if its that important then its worth the money.
    As far as the drug / drink users as concerned, if you can afford to buy this stuff and it buggers your health , you can afford the private treatment rates-why should the tax payer be stuck paying for your self inflicted injuries.
  • Posted by Minion3000 April 07, 2017 at 13:58

    I suppose the problem with drink/drug related is how to differentiate the incident to charge
    ie: I fell over a pot hole on the prom after a couple of drinks... I was not intoxicated, probably barely over the drive limit but certainly wouldn't say it was drink related, more I accidentally tripped over a pot hole! I therefore certainly wouldn't find it fair to charge me to attend A&E for having to then go on crutches.
    It will be too difficult and risky to charge when an injury has occurred and to decipher if it happened due to the result of being under the influence or due to another matter (I could give a more shocking example but I'd rather not!).

    If charging was an option then rightly said they would surely have to drop the taxes and would cause a whole world full of other issues.

    Also, although it may stop people attending for those who seem to enjoy the wait but it might also put off someone going who might need to go (those that wait it out until its too late) and can't bare the thought of having to pay.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 11, 2017 at 23:13

    The difficulty is our alcohol laws,or lack of them.All these extended hours of drinking were meant to turn us into 'cafe culture' types who lingered over drinks chatting about world affairs,but in reality it just makes drinkers drink more.It used to be that pubs shut at 11pm and 10pm on Sunday and we had a lot less drink related problems both accidental and violence related then.I know it sounds prissy,but I do believe the changes in the licensing laws are at the heart of it and need to be reviewed.It would also save money on Policing, which has had to increase manpower later into the night to be there when the pubs/clubs turn out.Why don't the purveyors of alcohol contribute to this?
    Charging for A and E will not work and may cause harm to those who need it but can't afford it.
    The drunks simply wouldn't pay even if taken to court.......
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