Health Tourism in England is under scanner by government

Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017

Health Tourism in EnglandThe providers of NHS treatment or the National Health Service  in Britain are required to make sure that the patients in England are eligible for free care and to charge them if they are not belonging from England.




This treatment measures apply to premeditate, non-urgent care – A&E, maternity, general practice and infectious disease treatment remains free to all.



The Government of United Kingdom hopes that it will contribute to £22bn of savings needed in the National Health Service.



But the British Medical Association said that the changes may prevent the vulnerable people getting treatment they need. Under the new measures and the treatment policies the patients will be asked where they have lived in England in the last six months.




If they have lived abroad, they will be asked to show proper certification that they are entitled to free National Health Service care, such as a non-UK European Health Insurance Card.




The hospitals and other parts of the National Health Service are also required to flag when a patient should be charged so that providers somewhere else within the health service can more easily recoup costs.




Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy said that they have no problem with the overseas visitors using the National Health Service as long as they make a fair financial contribution, just as the British taxpayer does.



The new regulations can simply require National Health Service bodies to make inquiries about, and then charge, those who aren’t entitled to free NHS care.



But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who is in the Chair of the Council of the British Medical Association, represents doctors, said that the existing proposals lack the clarity in the measurement and run the risk of causing confusion.




The Government of England has formerly estimated that up to £500m could be recovered from overseas visitors’ and migrants’ use of the National Health Service every year.



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