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Health Insurance (Medicines).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 25th May 1922.

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Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

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asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that necessary medicines beyond a certain price cannot be prescribed for serious illnesses, e.g., gastric enteritis, under the health insurance scheme, and that as a result of this some panel doctors are informing their panel patients that they cannot prescribe adequate remedies, but that if they become private patients suitable medicines could be prescribed; what is the limit of price allowed; and, if such patients have been wrongly advised, will he take steps to prevent its recurrence?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I am not aware that the facts in regard to prescribing by panel doctors are as stated in the question. Insurance practitioners are required to order such drugs and appliances as are necessary, without limit of price, subject to certain necessary precautions against needlessly expensive prescribing. I should take severe disciplinary action in any case of proved failure to carry out this duty.

Photo of Mr Robert Young Mr Robert Young , Newton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that doctors called before the responsible committee have to give explanations of their expenditure, and are reprimanded on occasions?

Photo of Sir Alfred Mond Sir Alfred Mond , Swansea West

I have no doubt that course is taken. I will take what disciplinary action is necessary.