Misuse of the NHS is wasting the UK £1 billion in annual tax revenue. Each year there are an estimated 51 million unnecessary GP visits and A&E resources are under strain from increasing unnecessary demand.
In the wake of a further expected rise in NHS costs, Jesse Norman MP and Museji Takolia put forward an innovative solution to curbing misuse.
In a new report How Much Do We Use the NHS?, published by the Centre for Policy Studies on 29 October 2014, the authors propose the introduction of Annual Healthcare Statements.
"A report today from the Centre for Policy Studies suggests that more than 50 million visits to GPs and A&E each year are unnecessary, wasting an estimated £1 billion. The authors propose the introduction of annual healthcare statements informing users of the NHS services they have received over the past 12 months. This is a good idea. If people are confronted with the costs, they might think more carefully about the most appropriate way of using the system."
"The idea is simple. Everyone who uses NHS services would receive a statement every year, showing which services they had received and how much they cost. Where cheaper treatment options were available that were just as good – say, visiting a family doctor rather than an emergency room – they would also be told how much this would have saved."