Press Release : UKIP would require foreign nationals to have private health insurance

Proposals for NHS hospitals in England to charge overseas patients upfront for non-urgent care will not work in practice, says UKIP’s NHS Champion Suzanne Evans.

She says: “It is beyond unreasonable to expect medics to ignore their Hippocratic oath and refuse to operate on seriously ill patients. Neither should hospitals be required to the job of Border Agency officials.”

“There is a simple, cost-free solution to the problem of health tourism, and that is to not allow any foreign national into the country unless they have comprehensive health and travel insurance. Where applicable, visas should not be granted without proof of such. Anyone else who is unable to present a certificate of health insurance at their point of entry to the UK, should either be given the choice to either buy approved health insurance there and then, or accept they will not be allowed into the country.”

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