New report highlights obstacles for migrants in accessing healthcare in European Union

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 16 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2753
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The extent to which certain sections of society, particularly undocumented migrants, are excluded from healthcare systems in the European Union has been highlighted in a new report from Doctors of the World (Médecins du Monde), an international aid organisation providing medical care to vulnerable people across the world.

Based on 2011 data collected in the organisation’s health centres in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Munich, and Nice, the report highlights a lack of access to antenatal care, vaccinations, and primary healthcare for non-EU nationals and EU nationals living in other EU countries. It concludes: “Obtaining access to healthcare for destitute EU nationals living in an EU country other than their own has become an administrative nightmare. In most cases, they are unable to obtain …

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