Government to clamp down on health tourists
Compulsory health insurance for visitors, refusal of treatment to failed asylum seekers who do not co-operate with the authorities, and a ban on entry for foreigners who have outstanding debts for previous NHS treatment are among measures proposed.
The Department of Health said the measures could save between £6m and £20m over five years. Emergency treatment and treatment for infectious diseases would remain free for all.
A spokesman said: “The BMA appreciates that the NHS does not have infinite resources and that there is a need to restrict services to patients who are eligible to receive them.”