Charges for NHS foreign patients 'will not work'
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Charges for NHS foreign patients 'will not work'

The government plans to impose a legal duty on hospitals in England to charge overseas patients up front if they are not eligible for free non-urgent care on the NHS.

Meirion Thomas, a former cancer surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital, raised concerns about “health tourism” when he worked for the NHS. He told the Today programme it’s not going to work due to the lack of trained people that can identify and charge overseas visitors upfront.

  • 06 Feb 2017
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