Boris Johnson called for patients to be charged to use the NHS in order to prevent free care being “abused” by people who can afford to pay, in a column unearthed by Business Insider.
The prime minister wrote in 1995 that free healthcare should be restricted to “the genuinely sick and for the elderly.”
He added that “if people have to pay for [NHS services] they will value them more.”
Johnson has denied that the future of the NHS will be at risk under his government.
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Boris Johnson called for patients to be charged to use the National Health Service, with free care maintained only for “the genuinely sick and for the elderly,” in a column unearthed by Business Insider.
The prime minister called for the extension of charges for services including ambulance journeys, in order to prevent free healthcare being “abused” by those who can afford it.
“If NHS services continue to be free in this way, they will continue to be abused, like any free service,” he wrote in the Spectator Magazine in 1995.
“If people have to pay for them, they will value them more.”
He added that those who say “the future the NHS should be for those who are genuinely sick, and for the elderly,” are “bang on the nail.”
Writing about his own experience of calling for an ambulance for one of his children, who then turned out not to be seriously ill, he asked: “Why should I not be charged, say, £50 for that inglorious episode, a fraction of its real cost?”
Johnson added that “it seems reasonable that the middle classes should be required to stump up for non-essential services they can well afford.”
Johnson claimed that the only reason charges hadn’t been introduced by the then Conservative government was because of political “cowardice.”
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Source:: Business Insider