NHS: Poles, paracetamol and the myth of health tourism

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Never mind the stupid EU referendum, there were some truly regrettable things about the Queen’s Speech: chiefly, the proposals to tackle benefit and healthcare “tourism” (modern Conservatives use this previously bland word, used for simply exploring foreign countries, as a euphemism for deliberate exploitation. Who knows where tourism tourism will stand, once this mucky debate is over?)

There are classic arguments against the whole premise. EU and non-EU migrants combined cost the NHS only £7m; their cost is far smaller than their number, proportionally, because they are younger, on average, than indigenous Britons; they are less likely to be ill and they are less likely to have started a family.

 

Read more at the Guardian

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