Pregnant patients could have to prove they are
eligible for free NHS treatment by showing ID such
as a valid passport, under plans being considered by
one London hospital.
St George's says the checks would help tackle health
tourism and would only be for non-urgent patients -
emergency cases would get automatic care. St
George's says it has a duty to use resources wisely,
as well as provide care and treatment to patients
requiring the hospital's services. The hospital has
a high number of patients from overseas who are not
eligible for NHS treatment.
The government said a pilot was a good idea and it
would be keen to see the results. The trust's board
papers from October 2016 make clear that "if no
action is taken, from December 2016 the cost of
health care given to non-eligible patients could be
£4m-£5m per annum".
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