Letters Charging migrants for NHS care

Providing accessible healthcare to migrants is morally right and cost effective

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3775 (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3775
  1. Jessica L Potter, Medical Research Council research fellow1
  1. 1Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London E1 2AB, UK
  1. jessica.potter{at}qmul.ac.uk

Keith and Van Ginneken highlight an important matter.1 Research agrees that the introduction of fees for migrants probably impedes access to healthcare, infringes on the international human rights agreement, and delays care, thereby increasing costs and threatening public health. Interviewed experts suggest the Immigration Act is a way for the government to show it is tough on immigration and is based …

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