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British budget is suffering from medical tourists

11.04.2013
British budget is suffering from medical tourists

Healthcare in the UK is free, and its funding is provided by the fund of compulsory insurance NHS.

Due to this fact during recent years it has been actively using by many foreigners coming to UK. They admit to the clinic, get expensive treatment, which costs for the NHS billions of pounds, and then quietly depart home without paying the bills, - informs Medikforum.

Due to this fact during recent years it has been actively using by many foreigners coming to UK. They admit to the clinic, get expensive treatment, which costs for the NHS billions of pounds, and then quietly depart home without paying the bills, - informs Medikforum.

Thousands of foreigners are flying here for cancer, HIV, kidney and infertility treatment then simply getting back on the plane without paying. Some of them travelling to Britain for treatment is so ill that they are pushed straight back on to planes in their wheelchairs after being treated for free at hospitals close to airports. Those who travel to the country to have their children claim that they should not have to pay anything for their treatment as it is an emergency procedure, and others commit identity fraud, but the NHS is powerless.

Last month David Cameron pledged a to crackdown on the benefits tourism – including health tourism by tightening the criteria making people eligible for free care.

Currently, most of the visitors refused to pay. So if they give birth in British hospitals, then refer themselves to emergency medical service delivery, which should be provided free of charge. As a result, the pressure on the British obstetricians grows many times, and the lack of these professionals has already caused serious complaints from the UK citizens.

One Nigerian lady some time ago came to England to get through difficult childbirth. She gave birth to five children (two boys and three girls), that cost the NHS up to £200,000. Needless to say, that mother didn’t pay a single penny, remaining in hospital for almost two weeks, paid for by the UK taxpayers.

Appeared in: www.telegraph.co.uk

Tags: medical tourism, Taxpayers, UK, NHS

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