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NHS charges for migrants to go ahead


14 October 2013

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Migrants will be made to contribute to the costs of running the NHS in a bid to stop ‘health tourism’, the government has announced. 
Currently, many non-EU migrants have the same access to the NHS as a permanent UK resident. 
However, the government feels that this approach is “generous” and rules, which aim to limit access to secondary care for non-EU visitors who plan to be in the UK for less than six months, are “inconsistently applied”. 

Migrants will be made to contribute to the costs of running the NHS in a bid to stop ‘health tourism’, the government has announced. 
Currently, many non-EU migrants have the same access to the NHS as a permanent UK resident. 
However, the government feels that this approach is “generous” and rules, which aim to limit access to secondary care for non-EU visitors who plan to be in the UK for less than six months, are “inconsistently applied”. 
The money will then be used as a contribution towards NHS running costs. 
But people seeking asylum, humanitarian protection or temporary protection will not be subject to the charge.  
Immigration Minister Mark Harper said: “We have been clear that the UK has a national health service, not an international health service. These proposals will ensure that migrants here temporarily make a fair contribution to the cost of health services in the UK. 
“The government is building a fairer immigration system which addresses the concerns of hardworking people.” 

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