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Charging overseas visitors to use NHS will benefit no one, doctors’ leaders warn

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 18 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2851
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

GPs and primary care staff will be left with the “grunt work” of explaining to overseas visitors that they must pay for appointments under new government plans that may help no one, doctors’ leaders have claimed.

The government announced in the Queen’s speech, delivered on 18 May, that it plans to introduce an NHS Overseas Visitors Charging Bill. In her speech, which is written by the government, the Queen said, “Legislation will be introduced to ensure that overseas visitors pay for the health treatment they receive at …

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