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A handy factsheet about immigrants and health tourism

A handy factsheet about immigrants and health tourism to help counter the UKIP lies:

Most immigrants who come here young, healthy, work+pay taxes. They pay in MORE than they take out: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/05/migration-target-useless-experts

Twice as many foreign visitors pay to use the NHS as exploit free health care: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/05/migration-target-useless-experts

UK is a net beneficiary of health tourism. Immigrants account for 4.5% of the population in England, but they are responsible for less than 2% of NHS expenditure: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/about-us/media-information/2014-media-releases/immigration-bill-will-pose-risk-to-public-health.aspx

Non-EEA migrants contribute 2% more in taxes than is spent on them, making them net contributors to the UK: https://www.rsm.ac.uk/about-us/media-information/2014-media-releases/immigration-bill-will-pose-risk-to-public-health.aspx

More British people get treatment abroad than foreigners get treatment here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/24/medical-tourism-generates-millions-nhs-health

Medical tourism generates millions for NHS and wider economy: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/24/medical-tourism-generates-millions-nhs-health

BMA warns income from charging migrants won’t even cover the cost of administration: http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/political/political-news/bma-rejects-plans-to-charge-migrants-for-nhs-care/20004087.article#.U86MZpRdWSo

Actual cost of health tourism = 0.06% of the total NHS budget: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/how-much-does-health-tourism-really-cost-nhs-its-not-%C2%A32bn

The NHS would collapse without immigrants – more than a third of registered doctors completed their primary medical qualification outside the UK: http://www.gmc-uk.org/State_of_medicine_Final_web.pdf_44213427.pdf

More than 5,000 nurses come to UK from EU, as training for home-grown staff has been cut: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/10828893/Number-of-foreign-nurses-up-50pc-in-a-year.html

 

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