What a fuss about nothing. Of course we should charge for non qualifying patients from overseas. We already charge for private services …. The charges for passport signing or form filling for insurance reports do not cause offence either to patients or staff. Doctors in Private Practice always explain the charge beforehand….. The fears will not be realised. The true cost to each citizen is approximately £5 each per annum, so whatever replaces the current system has to cost less (save more) and reintroduce reality. One also wonders what will happen if the 4 UK jurisdictions all have differing rules. There is inflation in health tourism. In 2015 it was £1 per head and in 2016 £5 per head. There comes a point at which administrative overheads are worth it… It seems the political classes are determined to lead us like lemmings, and the collusion with the media makes for a better disaster story when it happens. Rationing must be overt, as must the cost to everyone, for everything and every service.
Upfront charges will NOT “create chaos in the NHS” as reported in the Sunday Telegraph 22nd October 2018.
BBC News 6th February: Upfront charges for NHS foreign patients in England (Note not Wales, Scotland or Ireland)
The Department of Health guidance rules are at the DOH: Summary of changes made to the way the NHS charges overseas visitors for NHS hospital care updated 20th October 2017.
Rachel Clarke in the Guardian: Opinion: I’m proud to be called a junior doctor. Titles are the least of our problems