GPs to check on patients' residency status to stop “health tourism”BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7450.1217-a (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1217
- Zosia Kmietowicz
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.
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