NHS prescription charges to increase to £10?

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Ministers should consider extending prescription charges, as well as introducing new charges on visits to NHS GP surgeries and some elements of hospital care, to raise £3 billion a year for the health service, a think-tank has said.

In a report, Reform suggested that prescriptions charges should be increased to £10 to help fund the health service.

It also noted that many other countries charge for elements of healthcare which are free at the point of use in England. New charges on a greater range of prescriptions could raise £1.4 billion, charges for GP visits £1.2 billion and hospital care charges £200 million, said the report.