You can’t leave your home to go see a GP if you’re ill or have a chronic health problem, the British government has announced.
That’s despite a recent survey finding that half of Britons have a doctor they wouldn’t consider taking out.
The survey of more than 1,000 people was conducted by the Office for National Statistics.
It found a whopping 41% of respondents were reluctant to see their GP when they were ill, and 37% of people said they were reluctant if their GP wasn’t an NHS doctor.
This means the majority of people would be reluctant to walk out their door for the simple act of going to see an GP if they had a serious health problem.
And for the first time, the poll also found that the public was less likely to see themselves as a good candidate for a GP appointment.
More than a quarter of respondents said they would not take the job if it wasn’t for the public’s support, while 13% said they’d take the appointment, but would be happy to walk away if their problems didn’t improve.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the figures were a warning to other nations that their NHS is being stretched too thin.
He said: “It’s time for us to recognise that it’s time to step up and make sure that we are delivering on our promise of the NHS being the most affordable and most accessible in the world.”
Hunt said he would be looking at how the NHS could improve access to GP appointments, which are usually covered by private health insurance.
A recent poll of 3,000 British adults found that half the population said they had been reluctant to visit their GP, with more than half saying they wouldn´t take a job as a result.
But the government is now seeking to change that by introducing the GP appointment charge.
Under the new scheme, people who go to a GP for the cost of their GP visits will have to pay an extra £1 per appointment.
There will also be a levy of up to £100 on private health insurers to cover any extra costs of the new GP bill.
There are also plans to make GP appointments compulsory, to make it easier for patients to access the services they need.
What does it mean for you?
The GP appointment is the most common and least expensive service available in the UK.
It can cost anywhere from £200 to £2,000.
However, it’s important to remember that the NHS is only in its infancy.
So, the average GP visit can cost as little as £100 and up to almost £1,000 a visit.
Even with the increased charge, the majority people won’t have to go to the GP in the future.
You can get in touch with your GP if your health is deteriorating or you need urgent care.
If you have any questions about the GP consultation, the NHS or the GP, you should speak to your GP or your local GP practice.