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Medical tourism ‘could provide a source of NHS income’

25th October 2013

New research has highlighted the positive effects that medical tourism can have on the NHS.

A team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of York has analysed data from the International Passenger Survey and made 28 freedom of information requests to NHS foundation trust hospitals to obtain figures on foreign private patients.

It was found that foreign patients coming to the UK for private medical treatment may actually be a lucrative source of funds for the NHS, particularly now that the government has removed the cap on income generated from private patients.

The study also showed that in 2010 an estimated 63,000 UK residents travelled abroad for treatment, compared to only 52,000 overseas patients travelling to Britain for the same reason.

Dr Neil Lunt from the University of York's department of social policy and social work said the research "helps us to understand one aspect of cross-country patient movements, providing insights for NHS policymakers, managers, regulators, commissioners, providers, clinicians and consumer interest groups".

This comes in the same week that the government outlined new measures aimed at reducing the amount of money spent on providing NHS care for overseas visitors and migrants.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801653697-ADNFCR

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