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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

The Telegraph NHS counts £900 million cost of treating EU visitors

Britain has paid out more than £900 million to EU countries to cover the costs of ­ British patients who fell ill abroad – and received just £49 million back for NHS treatment of overseas visitors, according to new figures.

Julia Manning, chief executive of the independent research think tank 2020health said: “The fact that the NHS fails to keep proper records of overseas visitors who come here from the EU is indicative of two problems: the reluctance of staff to think of the NHS as a business that should be run as efficiently as possible, and a system which depends on governments chasing reimbursement, rather than visitors paying up front and being responsible for ensuring they are repaid.”