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So, doctor, was I worth £10?
  1. Lauren Waterman
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lauren Waterman, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton BN25BE, USA; laurenzwaterman{at}, lauren.waterman07{at}

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Dear Editor I write this letter in response to the recent survey which showed a third of general practitioners to support patient fees for ‘unnecessary’ Accident & Emergency (A&E) visits.1 The idea is that patients would be charged £5–£10 and this is refunded if doctors deemed the visit appropriate. I propose three key reasons why this charge would be impractical, unethical and dangerous.

First, A&E doctors would have to get into …

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