"No Shows" Cost NHS Almost $1 Billion Per Year
BBC News -- Patients who fail to keep hospital appointments cost the National Health Service (UK) more than £600 million a year ($990 million), enough to run two medium-size hospitals, data has shown.
Between 2007 and 2008, 6.5 million appointments were missed in the UK, with hospitals losing around £100 ($165) per patient in revenue. Some clinics in the UK are now over-booking patients in anticipation of no shows.
MP: Is this a consequence of "free" health care in the UK? On the one hand, patients tend to overuse healthcare when it is free to them, but they also may tend to engage in more "no show" behavior because healthcare is "free"?
Originally posted at Carpe Diem.