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Archive of: August, 2008

  • Top-up payments

    The Alliance has submitted comments to the review of top-up payments being conducted by Professor Mike Richards. The Alliance considers that such payments should be exceptional, keeping the onus on the NHS to provide the best quality of care and treatments. With this in mind, it strongly endorses moves to speed up NICE appraisals and recommends that the threshold determining the cost effectiveness of treatments should be raised to reflect the considerable growth in NHS expenditure. Where, despite these and other suggested improvements, the NHS fails to fund a treatment, the Alliance proposes that individuals should be able to do so privately without forfeiting the right to free NHS care, providing their physician considers the treatment clinically desirable.