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A ‘national’ Health Service? November 22, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Depressing to see this latest tale from Brexit Britain, as reported in the Guardian. Worse again to see the potential impacts on one of the shining examples of solidaristic societal achievement.

Patients could be told to bring two forms of identification including a passport to hospital to prove they are eligible for free treatment under new rules to stop so-called health tourism.

The most senior official in the Department of Health told MPs on Monday that he was looking at making hospitals check patients’ papers to find out whether they should be paying, a proposal he admitted was “controversial”.

And:

It would mean that those trying to access health services in England, including British citizens, might have to prove their identity before having operations and undergoing tests in hospitals, but it would not cover care received at GP surgeries.

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