http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8290295.stm As per the article really. A scheme is being trialled where uncompliant schizophrenic patients are being paid (£15/jab) as an incentive to take their medication. What are people's thoughts on this? My own are as follows: 1) A good idea in principal - as it would save the NHS money long-term by reducing hospital admissions, and (potentially, although dangerous patients should not be in the community) may reduce likelihood of violent behaviour being directed at members of the public due to poor compliance with medication. 2) However, it's clearly unfair to those who do take their medication regularly. So for such a scheme to be workable (without the compliant patients becoming non-compliant to get the money), all schizophrenic patients would have to be paid. At this point, is it still financially viable? 3) Should the scheme be extended to other conditions? If there are conditions with documented poor compliance with medication, for whatever reason, and poor compliance results in increased expenditure by the NHS, it makes sense to me to extend the scheme. As long as it's financially viable - as under no circumstances should the general UK tax payer be paying for other people to receive money, as that is well beyond the scope of funding for the NHS. In other words, if it can be done fairly, and pay for itself, then I reckon it's a good thing.. otherwise, it's untenable.