October, 2016

Passport checks considered for pregnant NHS patients

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".

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37621239

*The above article was extracted from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37621239

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