Making the Health Service more affordable

Health Care costs will continue to rise as a result of an aging population, but they can be managed more effectively whilst emergency care remains free. 

Prescription Charges: These are costing over £18 million a year, so that's 75% of your £25m problem right there! Remove the free prescription from those currently not paying and increase the costs of the drugs so that people pay for their medicine at the correct levels. 

Patient Transfers: This is another massive chunk and for no good reason. Non critical care should be put onto the Steam Packet as foot passengers, and there should be no taxis paid for to/from either airport or ferry terminal. 

Why the contribution is important

Health care costs will continue to spiral unless a handle is put on costs. 

by Tarne on April 11, 2017 at 07:34PM

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  • Posted by Gigabyte April 12, 2017 at 01:01

    Far better idea: streamline services. Keeping only core or real emergency specialisms (e.g trauma and cardiac), and send patients to bigger hospitals in UK for other specialisms. It must cost a fortune to maintain capability for infrequent procedures, and without enough practice to improve as happens in bigger hospitals..
  • Posted by oldnick April 12, 2017 at 14:44

    A problem exists of spending a lot on locums in Nobles hospital . The department are given notice of when a doctor is leaving but do not get on with filling the post but use locum appointments and delay advertizing and engaging a full time doctor .
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 25, 2017 at 16:44

    The prescription exemption list needs total revision and reduction. If you are exempt because of,say,thyroid problem,then only medication for that illnes should be free and you should pay for all others unconnected to it. Also, free prescriptions for pregnancy is archaic and was aimed at women who had a poor diet and no access to vitamins etc,which is outdated. There is a lot of money to be actively saved in this area and it need to be addressed NOW not when our health service has sunk without trace. And without exception,people who are exempt should have a certificate stating why and for how long they are exempt,not some vague tick in a box which no one looks at.And DONT think that it is the Pharmacy staffs job either.I work in a Pharmacy and am not paid nearly enough to fend of abuse when someone says they are exempt but is evasive about why. We are not allowed to refuse medication to folk in those circumstances nor should we.My question is,who DOES check these things,or is it another paper excercise? No certificate,no free prescription. Dead easy..........
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