Co-payment modelling confirms the worst

 

The introduction of a GP co-payment could see average emergency department visits increase by between six minutes and almost three hours, new modelling shows, as more patients opt for free hospital care rather than paying to see their local general practitioner.

Based on an average emergency department (ED) visit of 5.6 hours, one extra patient per hour would make the visit marginally longer – an average of 5.7 hours, which includes waiting times and treatment, or admission to a bed. An additional four patients per hour, however, would

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