Excluding immigrants from primary care brings no savings to NHS, charity claims

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1095
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

More than 40% of immigrant patients were unable to access the health care to which they were entitled, says a report of the experiences of one clinic in London. It claims that no evidence exists of migrant “health tourism”—the widely held belief that many immigrants come to the United Kingdom specifically to access free treatment on the NHS that would be expensive elsewhere.

Two years ago the humanitarian aid organisation Médecins du Monde UK began a new healthcare programme in east London for refugees and migrants. Its free clinic provides temporary health care while it helps migrants, many …

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