Letters Foreigners’ misuse of the NHS

Hunt’s priorities on entitlement to use the NHS are wrong

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5105 (Published 20 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5105
  1. Harrison D E Carter, medical student1,
  2. Gemma Bowsher, medical student2
  1. 1University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TH, UK
  2. 2King’s College London, London WC2R 2LS, UK
  1. hc1926{at}my.bristol.ac.uk

Policy makers need to consider the serious implications of restricting migrants’ access to healthcare.1 Such a policy could put the general population at risk.

Restricted access to healthcare leads to late presentation of many conditions, some of which are easily treatable in primary care. This then results in more costly and complicated treatment in hospital, often with worse …

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