GPs to check on patients' residency status to stop “health tourism”

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1217
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    General practitioners will need to vet new patients for their residential status before treating them, under new rules to be drawn up by the government in a bid to cut the cost of so called health tourists seeking medical care in the United Kingdom.

    The new proposals come just six weeks after hospitals introduced a system of charging overseas visitors for medical care other than emergency care.

    Under …

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