Charging for GP services leads to sub-optimal prescribing that’s bad for health
It is widely known that excessive antibiotic prescribing is bad for patients, for populations and long term drug resistance that undermines public health. And yet it is prevalent in Jersey where the only really likely factor to explain the difference in prescribing is charging (and I have noted the other arguments in the article and think they are extraordinarily unlikely to be relevant across the population as a whole, to which this data relates).
Giving people a prescription to justify their fee is bad medicine, but all too easy to succumb to. Charging leads to bad medicine. It’s an easy, and in this case, very obviously correct conclusion.
But it keeps drug companies happy.
Once you’ve signed up with your insurance company Holland does not charge for a GP visit, Sweden does. Finland charges, the UK does not.
So, the contention that there’s a direct link seems refuted, no? But then, as we know, there’s no limit to what the Snippa doesn’t know about but will pronounce upon.