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Public fears NHS top-up fees, poll reveals

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Half of the public fear they will have to pay towards some NHS services they require within 10 years, according to research.
The poll by the British Medical Association showed that half of more than 1000 people surveyed by an independent company expected to make a contribution towards NHS services in 10 years’ time.

However there was almost unanimous support for the current model of the NHS being funded from taxes and free at the point of use.

More than nine in ten (93%) were in favour of the NHS maintaining its current funding model.

Only 42% thought changes made to the NHS in the past 10 years have improved services for patients and just over half opposed the government’s policy encouraging commercial companies to provide NHS services.

BMA chairman Hamish Meldrum said: ‘Although the public strongly supports the principles of the NHS and wishes to preserve it as a tax-funded system, they are clearly worried about the future funding of the health service.’
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