A controversial point of view - which side of the debate do you fall on?
Whilst many are of the view that it makes sense for the NHS to charge us for elective procedures to reduce the financial strain, do we really want to create such a two tier system? Not everyone can afford to pay for healthcare.
Current NHS rules prevent GPs charging their patients, except in very limited circumstances. But Dr Buttar says he wants this to change, particularly for procedures such as vasectomies that he feels are underfunded by NHS contracts. Together with a small group of GPs, he is looking into the possibility of third parties charging patients and passing on the fees to surgeries. And he says if his initial proposals are successful, they could be extended to offer out-of-hours appointments. But an NHS England representative said: "All patients have a right to access high quality primary care services which are free at the point of delivery. "Strict safeguards are in place to ensure that GPs cannot charge patients for NHS services."