Co-payment for healthcare suggested

Changing the way patients pay the cost of their treatment is being mooted as a way of reducing health system costs.

A Treasury report warns government spending on health could rise from around 7% of GDP now to over 11% of GDP by 2060.

It suggests there is scope to see if more, or different co-payment arrangements could reduce demand for health care.

Co-payments systems already apply for prescription charges and GP visits.

The report warns if co-payments were too high they could deter people from getting care.

It also says the approach is regressive but could be mitigated by targeting people on higher incomes.

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