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UK residents labelled as “health tourists” have problems accessing health care

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 12 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:67
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Some people in the United Kingdom are struggling to access routine medical care, including consultations with GPs and antenatal care, because they are wrongly being labelled as “health tourists,” says a report.

    The report, from the charity Médecins du Monde UK, analyses the first year's activity of the charity in London, where it set up a clinic in the east end to improve access to health care for vulnerable people in and around the capital.

    The group says that regulations introduced in April 2004 to charge “overseas visitors” for NHS hospital treatment is making it difficult for some people who have legitimate rights to NHS treatment to get routine care.

    In 2006 a total of 349 people came to the Médecins du Monde clinic for 435 consultations. The …

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