If they think this is a good method for rationing GP visits, perhaps they will like this idea for rationing food. Nationalise supermarkets, set the price of all food to zero, then eliminate the problem of wasteful overconsumption by educating people that they should take only the food they need rather than what they want.
The proposal is obviously absurd. No such education could possibly have the desired effect; no one could sensibly specify which food is really needed as opposed to merely wanted; and, even if they could, why should people be allowed to eat only what they need? All the same goes for visiting a GP.
Visiting a GP is free. Therefore too many people visit a GP when they don\’t need to.
Charge a fee.
Of course, then we get the howling cries of the NHS is supposed to be free at the point of use. But there are myriad health care systems around the world, ones which work much better than the NHS, which do charge a low user fee.
Do note that this is like a Pigou Tax. The money raised is an irrelevance. It\’s the change in behaviour as a result of the tax which is the important point.
The only reason this eminently sensible proposal will go nowhere is that it is indeed sensible: and we don\’t do sensible where the NHS is concerned.