Friday, 21 December 2018

Medical colleges criticise charging migrants upfront for NHS care

Medical colleges criticise charging migrants upfront for NHS care Representatives of more than 70,000 doctors have urged ministers to suspend regulations that force hospitals to charge overseas visitors upfront for NHS care.

Three royal medical colleges and one faculty say the charging regime is harming people’s health by deterring them from seeking NHS help when they fall ill. Payments in advance are “a concerning barrier to care”, they say.

They have voiced particular concern about pregnant women being denied care and children missing out on treatment for life or death illnesses. The Guardian

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