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Poll: Should drunk patients be charged more for A&E visits?

The suggestion has been raised in Northern Ireland that charges should be introduced to deter abuse of the system.
Aug 12th 2014, 9:01 AM 17,953 139

THERE HAS BEEN a proposal in Northern Ireland to charge drunk people who attend emergency departments.

Currently in the Republic, a €100 non-referral fee applies for visits.

However, the North’s Health Minister says that he “sees the merit” in the principle of charging drunk people more, as “on occasion” the free health care system can be abused.

We want to know what you think: Should drunk patients be charged more for visits to emergency departments?


Poll Results:

Yes (6842)
No (1407)
I don't know (348)



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