charges proposed for the health of migrants fail the test against the principles governing themselves ;
Proposals by the UK government to charge residents outside the EEA for access to the NHS do not comply with the principles of the government to the NHS are ideological and unlikely to result in substantial savings. These are the findings of an essay published today by Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine , written by experts in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
consultation document government entitled its fair contribution proposes that while consultations with doctors and nurses in primary care remain free for migrants outside the EEA, those using ambulances or access to emergency services or inpatient services 150% of the rate paid by the buyers of the NHS would be charged.
The trial authors tried to assess whether the proposed changes are consistent with the four principles established for the NHS by the government. These principles, according to the authors, are subtly adapted from those on which the NHS, which were that meets the needs of everyone, that is free at the point of delivery and based on clinical need is based, not capacity to pay.
Dr. Lucinda Hiam, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said: “The imposition of loads sends an implicit message that migrants no longer contribute to the NHS However, between 2001 and 2011 migrants do not outside the EEA contributed 2%. more taxes than were carried out, resulting in a net fiscal contribution of £ 2.9 billion. “
The authors believe that most NHS staff find offensive and unworkable proposals, creating even more tension in an environment already suffering from low morale. The criteria for loading are confusing and evaluation would be long, imposing a huge administrative burden. Moreover, the authors anticipate that primary care is unlikely to be able to cope with the wave of assistance due to the load of A & E, eye care and dentistry.
Professor Martin McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, added: “The notion of a ‘fair contribution’ is ultimately wrong instance and against the founding principles of the NHS, which strives to protect the most vulnerable. “He noted that the founder of the NHS, Aneurin Bevan, who said:” the disease is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay a crime which must be punished, but unfortunately, whose costs should be shared by the community. ‘
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