Jane Bates: Telling patients the cost of their care is immoral

Jane Bates argues that ‘wisening up’ patients by telling them the cost of their healthcare to the NHS is a step too far.

Jane Bates argues that ‘wisening up’ patients by telling them the cost of their healthcare to the NHS is a step too far

‘How about this,’ said a friend, an experienced occupational therapist, who was dismayed about the lack of joined-up thinking where NHS provision and social care are concerned.

This is her field of work, so she is familiar with bed-blocking and all it entails. She also knows how demanding some members of the public can be, while others in greater need are not receiving their due.

‘Maybe what should be done, is to wise patients up about the real cost of their treatment.’ she said.

Guilty feelings

I am not sure about this. To present each patient with


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