Eligibility of non-residents for NHS treatment: Eligibility for HIV treatment needs special consideration

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7467.684-a (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:684
  1. Nigel O'Farrell, consultant physician (Nigel.O'Farrell@eht.nhs.uk),
  2. Stephen Ash, consultant physician,
  3. Paul Fox, consultant physician,
  4. William Lynn, consultant physician
  1. Pasteur Suite, Ealing Hospital, London UB1 3HW

    EDITOR—We agree with Pollard and Savulescu that the new guidelines directed towards recovering costs for HIV from overseas visitors are not only unethical but also could lead to an escalation of new cases in the United Kingdom by failing to treat highly infectious cases with advanced immunosuppression.1

    In this hospital most new HIV cases present with low CD4 cell …

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