Think tank says raise Rx prices for NHS
A UK think tank says raising drug prices could help the National Health Service dig its way out of an expected 2020 shortfall of $49 billion. The BBC reports that the think tank Reform knows it would be an unpopular proposal, which would raise patient prices from around $13 to $16.
The BBC says other proposals include charging patients if they miss hospital appointments. Reform estimates this carrot-stick strategy could bring in close to $89 million a year, whereas a flat $16 fee for doctor visits could provide around $2 billion in revenues.