KPMG comments on the news that migrants will pay for NHS care

KPMG comments on the news that migrants will pay

Jason Parker, Head of Healthcare for KPMG UK, says: “The NHS is facing unprecedented financial challenges, forcing the Government to consider all means of increasing income and reducing cost.

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Jason Parker, Head of Healthcare for KPMG UK, says: “The NHS is facing unprecedented financial challenges, forcing the Government to consider all means of increasing income and reducing cost. 

“The Government has set an ambitious target of raising £500m each year from migrants using our health services, which would have a significant impact on the health deficit if implemented effectively. It’s likely that the Government will recoup some money from these proposals, however the collection of the money will be near impossible and goes against the NHS’s founding principles that healthcare will be free at the point of access.

“Aside from the practical and logistical administrative difficulties of collecting funds, the risk is that vulnerable migrants faced with the prospect of paying for care might avoid accessing the NHS altogether.  

“Clearly the Government will carefully consider the consequences that such a scheme will have on the quality and equity of access levels.”

-ENDS-

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