Ukip announces proposals to curb ‘health tourism’

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The UK Independence party has proposed that tourists and migrants from outside the European Union be blocked from entering Britain if they do not hold health insurance.

The party said the policy, announced ahead of its conference, which begins in London on Friday, would prevent “abuse” of the healthcare system and help relieve strain on the NHS.

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Tim Aker, the head of Ukip’s policy unit, said the regime would also apply to EU nationals once the UK’s exit from the European Union was secured.

He said that although hospitals were supposed to invoice foreign patients not eligible for free NHS care, they did not have the resources to act as immigration officials.

Read more at the Guardian

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