Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

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Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by expressman33 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:46 am

Doctors claimed charging was ‘racist’ at the meeting in Belfast. Now The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the medic who put forward the motion – Dr Jackie Applebee – is a firebrand Left-wing GP who helped orchestrate efforts to stop charging foreign patients at financially troubled NHS hospitals in her area.
story here https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... FSv-3stQHw
Barts Health has a huge problem with health tourism. Astonishing figures revealed by this paper under Freedom of Information laws show it invoiced 5,638 ‘overseas visitors’ for £29.3 million from April 2013 to December 2017 – the largest amount billed of all the 122 trusts that responded.

Yet it recouped only £9.4 million in that time – leaving it almost £20 million out of pocket.
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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by AAAlphaThunder » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:25 am

A complex issue requiring more than just a few odd quotes.
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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by pabenny » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:51 am

AAAlphaThunder wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:25 am
A complex issue requiring more than just a few odd quotes.
Excellent response.
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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by blythburgh » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:53 am

pabenny wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:51 am
AAAlphaThunder wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:25 am
A complex issue requiring more than just a few odd quotes.
Excellent response.
Agreed. In an emergency we must treat them and try to get the money later but many of them are not life threatening emergencies.

So easy to have an quick answer one way or the other but as has been said a very complex issue that cannot have a quick one word answer
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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by expressman33 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:24 am

blythburgh wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:53 am


Agreed. In an emergency we must treat them and try to get the money later but many of them are not life threatening emergencies.
The point is they are proposing we do not try and get the money later
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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by expressman33 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:08 pm

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ients.html
the British Medical Association voted overwhelmingly to stop billing foreign patients for NHS care after Left-wing doctors argued the practice was 'racist'.

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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by pabenny » Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:53 pm

The actual vote was about a month ago. Why re-raise the subject now?

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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by expressman33 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 5:25 pm

pabenny wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:53 pm
The actual vote was about a month ago. Why re-raise the subject now?
because the article attached contains more information about how some tourists are "milking" our NHS

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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by pabenny » Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:18 pm

As Mr Thunder said in response to the OP, it's a complex issue requiring more than a few quotes, especially, I would add, taken from a newspaper which is well known for its less-than-favourable attitude to people of colour and/or foreign nationality.

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Re: Should our NHS be free for foreign tourists ?

Post by Boro Boy » Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:47 pm

Isn't it already the IHS...??? (International Health Service)
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