Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Migrants must pay more to use NHS

Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has unveiled plans to charge patients from outside the EU 150% of the cost of NHS treatment in an attempt to deter so-called health tourism. The Department of Health said that the charges could save the NHS up to £500m a year and would prevent “abuse” of the system by visitors and migrants. Mr Hunt said the charges would be accompanied by greater scrutiny of recovery of fees by NHS trusts, who will face fines if they fail to identify and bill chargeable patients. “We have no problem with international visitors using the NHS as long as they pay for it – just as British families do through their taxes,” he said. The Guardian,

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