Europe to tackle Spain in health insurance row. It’s not just the UK in financial trouble.

BBC news reports 30th May 2013:#

“The European Commission is launching legal action against Spain over the refusal of some hospitals to recognise the European Health Insurance Card.

The EHIC entitles EU citizens to free healthcare in public hospitals.

But some Spanish hospitals rejected the card and told tourists to reclaim the cost of treatment via their travel insurance, the Commission says.

BBC Europe Correspondent Matthew Price spoke to British holidaymaker Ray Burton, who says one hospital wanted his credit card……”

Slightly related to this story, I was on holiday in Scotland and staying at the same B&B was an American family. The lady broke her arm and attended the local casualty. She was amazed at the speed, quality and free service she got, and even offered to pay and had insurance for her plaster cast, sling and anaesthetic. Because there is no incentive for NHS staff to obtain payment from those ineligible for the free NHS, they don’t usually bother. Why not introduce staff or departmental incentives in Hospitals?


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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