Letters Migrant patients

Arguments for a healthcare tax on migrants are politically motivated

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6883 (Published 19 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6883
  1. Frank Arnold, trustee1
  2. On behalf of Medact
  1. 1Medact, Grayston Centre, London N1 6HT, UK
  1. arnold_frank{at}hotmail.com

Arie’s summary of the economic consequences of healthcare of migrants to and from Britain fails to capture important aspects.1 To analyse the situation in its totality, we must consider important factors that are difficult to quantify. For example, more than 30% of NHS staff were trained overseas, at substantial cost saving to the NHS and losses to their (largely underdeveloped) countries …

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