20 Jan 2014

Study contradicts claims that foreigners are abusing the NHS

Medical tourism generates millions for NHS and wider economy, finds study.

Apparantly "Medical tourism is a lucrative source of income for the NHS"

"Eighteen hospitals – those deemed most likely to be making money from overseas patients – earned £42m in 2010, according to researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and York University. Medical tourists spent an estimated £219m on hotels, restaurants, shopping and transport in the UK.

The researchers also found that more people leave the UK seeking medical treatment abroad than arrive in this country for care: about 63,000 people from the country travelled to hospitals and clinics abroad in 2010, while considerably fewer, about 52,000 people, came here"

Read the Guardian article here