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Immigrants could be charged £500 a year to use NHS

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 04 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4357
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

People moving to the United Kingdom for up to five years should pay a levy on entry to the country if they wish to make use of NHS services, a consultation from the government has suggested.1

Those who have not paid would not be permitted to access routine care, including primary care by GPs, except in case of emergencies, when they would be charged. The levy may be waived for people with comprehensive medical insurance that could be used to pay for NHS treatment.

People who have not paid the levy—at least £200 (€235; $305) a year and possibly £500 a …

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