Letters Migrants’ right to healthcare

Migrants’ right to healthcare: accepting limits on what European healthcare systems can provide

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2679 (Published 17 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2679
  1. David Hughes, professor, health policy
  1. Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
  1. d.hughes{at}swansea.ac.uk

But what happens when the ethics based discourse of “rights” runs up against economics?1 Healthcare systems across the EU, of both the Bismarck and the Beveridge varieties, depend on the concept of the risk pool, a known population for which system managers plan and finance care.2 Mass migration can dissolve the borders …

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