There have been stories in the press recently about charging for visits to the GP. Where have these rumours come from and is there any truth in them?

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There have been stories in the press recently about charging for visits to the GP. Where have these rumours come from and is there any truth in them?

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Stories have featured in many news sites in recent weeks suggesting that patients could in future be required to pay £10 to £25 for a standard appointment with their GP. The stories suggest that this will bring much needed funds into the NHS as well as combating the problem of patients missing appointments. If people paid for their appointments, the argument runs, they would be less likely to want to miss them.

The idea was first proposed in 2010 by Reform, an independent think tank, which said that the charges could be used to improve certain NHS services, such as funding surgeries to open at weekends.

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