Health tourism: GP surgeries selling ‘black market’ access to NHS

Fallback Image – Surgery practice managers and ‘fixers’ have been secretly filmed selling access to doctors, enabling foreign nationals who have no legal right to free hospital treatment to be seen without paying. Although hospitals should check if foreign patients are entitled to free National Health Service (NHS) hospital care, Panorama found many did not. The film, Britain’s Secret Health Tourists, finds the system of checks is riddled with holes. It shows one NHS practice manage selling patient registrations at a health center to an undercover reporter for up to £800 a time. The reporter went on to obtain an MRI scan to which she was not legally entitled, which would have cost her £800 privately. To continue reading click here.

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