Consultation response: co-payments and charges in the NHS

This paper is a formal response to the Health Select Committee's consultation on co-payments and charges in the NHS, including whether charges for services, such as prescriptions, are equitable and appropriate.

The Committee's inquiry included questions such as whether the system of charges is sufficiently transparent, and how relevant patients should be made aware of exemptions. However, we would suggest that patient co-payments and charges are part of a broader issue concerning access to health care.