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Letters NHS expansion abroad

The UK is a net exporter of patients

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f669
  1. Johanna Hanefeld, lecturer, health systems economics1,
  2. Richard Smith, professor and dean of faculty of public health and policy1,
  3. Neil Lunt, senior lecturer in social policy and public sector management2,
  4. Daniel Horsfall, lecturer in comparative social policy2
  1. 1London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1, UK
  2. 2University of York, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, York, UK
  1. Johanna.Hanefeld{at}

We have recently completed the most comprehensive research project to date examining the effects of UK medical tourism on the NHS. Research findings currently under review may have some bearing on the debate about the effects of expanding the NHS abroad for UK patients.1 2

Our analysis, which …

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