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Old 05-02-2013, 16:13
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No this isn't true, all the drunken idiots I know laugh about buying black market alcohol, then get into fights on purpose. They then go on to tell total strangers in A&E that they've not paid tax on their drink and never worked in their lives.

This of course isn't true, I'm just taking the OPs lead.
Ow! I just injured myself laughing at your post. Time to go claim some of that free healthcare. Bet the doc is a bloody foreigner though.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:16
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Are you sure about that . The NHS will check if you have a NI number or as an EU citizen a EU heath card .I know this as my daughter needed to see a GP in UK and is not a UK citizen .She was being charged 100 untill she produced her EU Health card .Its not as simple as walking in and being treated.The EU have a reciprocal agreement in all EU countries whaich a completly different matter .
Surely they would check to see if the patient has a National Health number?
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:18
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I was in Hospital just before christmas and I was amazed at the amount of foreigners who were attending clinics and taking up beds. Many had to have interpreters to translate for medics and one man in particular was "going home to Pakistan" once he got discharged after major surgery.He has never worked nor payed taxes here in the UK , but felt great because he was able to raise the airfare and select the best hospital for his operation on the NHS.

The sooner the NHS has a great big Payments Desk at the entrance to all GP surgeries and Hospitals for those who are not resident or pay taxes here the sooner the better and much needed funds for the NHS.

A lot of people who say "they are going back home" have lived and worked here for decades so why are you assuming the man was a foreigner who hasn't paid his share?

Even if he was a visititor, people have to pay for Visa's to come here and pay VAT on most things they will use as a service while here and seeing as ost of them will not need health care and probably have health insurance to cover them anyway, I say no they shouldn't have to pay because all in all they probably pay a lot more than they use and the health staff will be paid and be there regadless too.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:18
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People who pay should get the treatment, those who make a living from signing on every week should not, people from abroad have to pay as they have no option unlike the millions of career unemployed in the U.K who have paid nothing into the system but expect a freebee just because they were born here. The NHS does not run on thin air so I welcome paying foreign patients who in turn fund the service unlike some who think its their god given right to free health care paid by others.
Why should EU citizens pay when we do not pay in their countries. This doesn't make sense.

People outside the EU already pay.

I have an italian friend that his Indonesian girlfriend his pregnant with his child, he lives in here for years and pays his taxes in here, but still he has to go to Italy for her be followed on her pregnancy in search of this mythical free healthcare that Daily Mail readers are convinced we give everyone.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:27
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I was in Hospital just before christmas and I was amazed at the amount of foreigners who were attending clinics and taking up beds. Many had to have interpreters to translate for medics and one man in particular was "going home to Pakistan" once he got discharged after major surgery.He has never worked nor payed taxes here in the UK , but felt great because he was able to raise the airfare and select the best hospital for his operation on the NHS.

The sooner the NHS has a great big Payments Desk at the entrance to all GP surgeries and Hospitals for those who are not resident or pay taxes here the sooner the better and much needed funds for the NHS.
If people have paid into the system, why shouldn't they get care.

The NHS is supposed to chase non-residents WITH WHOM WE DON'T HAVE A RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT WITH for payment, but I think this has fallen by the wayside - perhaps enforcement of the existing law would be better than any revisions. If we start charging swan eating Polish asylum seekers, don't be surprised if British people are refused treatment without a hefty deposit or credit card in return.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:29
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Surely they would check to see if the patient has a National Health number?
Sorry wasnt sure of the terms used .My daughter needed help and I presumed it was called National Insurance.Luckily enough she had her EU card with her and was treated with great care .( being from " abroad " and all that !! )
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:32
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Sorry wasnt sure of the terms used .My daughter needed help and I presumed it was called National Insurance
Yup, made the same mistake a while ago went to the dentist for treatment, the receptionist asked me for my National Health number, and I started to quote my National Insurance number, she stopped me and said National Health number, luckily I knew that number
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:32
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Why should EU citizens pay when we do not pay in their countries. This doesn't make sense.

People outside the EU already pay.

I have an italian friend that his Indonesian girlfriend his pregnant with his child, he lives in here for years and pays his taxes in here, but still he has to go to Italy for her be followed on her pregnancy in search of this mythical free healthcare that Daily Mail readers are convinced we give everyone.
In this case the patient was non EU so would have had to pay
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:34
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In this case the patient was non EU so would have had to pay
Who says she shouldn't?
This thread is based on the assumption we give the service for free, we certainly don't.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:36
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Who says she shouldn't?
This thread is based on the assumption we give the service for free, we certainly don't.
Of course they should pay, you are just repeating exactly what I have already stated.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:36
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Who says she shouldn't?
This thread is based on the assumption we give the service for free, we certainly don't.
Went to a hospital in another town near us, on the door to the treatment room was a notice to the effect that non-residents may be charged for treatment...
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:37
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Of course they should pay, you are just repeating exactly what I have already stated.
It's not that they should. They pay. So why the whinging?
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:39
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It's not that they should. They pay. So why the whinging?
Have you actually read the thread in full, I am agreeing with you if you took the time to read my posts which you are just repeating. No-one is whinging except yourself.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:47
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OP you missed out the bit of your dream were you then realised you'd been naked the whole time then your teeth fell out.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:52
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OP you missed out the bit of your dream were you then realised you'd been naked the whole time then your teeth fell out.
I must admit that pamthehound would never make it as a scriptwriter.

"Aaaagh! The pain! I need an operation! I've never paid any taxes! ha ha ha!"
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:57
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Yes refuse treatment to anyone who can it provide evidence of residency status, the NHS cannot carry on as it is and sooner or later we will all see increasing creeping charges for things that should be free at the point of use, if we don't start cracking down on health tourism.

And the NHS should stop printing stuff in languages other than English, god forbid I'd hate to see how much is wasted on translation services not just in the NHS but across local government ect.
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Old 05-02-2013, 16:59
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Yes they should when i go abroad i have got to take medical insurance incase of illness or to pay for hospital bills this country is too soft!!
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:00
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Yes refuse treatment to anyone who can it provide evidence of residency status, the NHS cannot carry on as it is and sooner or later we will all see increasing creeping charges for things that should be free at the point of use, if we don't start cracking down on health tourism.

And the NHS should stop printing stuff in languages other than English, god forbid I'd hate to see how much is wasted on translation services not just in the NHS but across local government ect.
So ignorant.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:07
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I know you are, for the record I work for the NHS and health tourism is a big problem, 15 yrs and counting I have been in my job and everyday we hear of another patient who has skipped back home without paying.

Every time these morons skip without paying means less in the budget to treat the resident/citizens who actually fund the NHS through taxation.

In fact entry to the UK should be denied unless you carry private medical insurance that covers for two years at least.

And all welfare benefits should be denied to those who turn up on our shores without a job or means to sustain them until the get work.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:10
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I know you are, for the record I work for the NHS and health tourism is a big problem, 15 yrs and counting I have been in my job and everyday we hear of another patient who has skipped back home without paying.

Every time these morons skip without paying means less in the budget to treat the resident/citizens who actually fund the NHS through taxation.
What is the NHS doing to recover the money or do they run as soon as they get slapped with a human rights claim?

I understand dialysis treatment can cost 100,000 per person.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:10
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Yes refuse treatment to anyone who can it provide evidence of residency status, the NHS cannot carry on as it is and sooner or later we will all see increasing creeping charges for things that should be free at the point of use, if we don't start cracking down on health tourism.

And the NHS should stop printing stuff in languages other than English, god forbid I'd hate to see how much is wasted on translation services not just in the NHS but across local government ect.
This is ridiculous.
It should be stopped immediately
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:11
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Yes refuse treatment to anyone who can it provide evidence of residency status, the NHS cannot carry on as it is and sooner or later we will all see increasing creeping charges for things that should be free at the point of use, if we don't start cracking down on health tourism.

And the NHS should stop printing stuff in languages other than English, god forbid I'd hate to see how much is wasted on translation services not just in the NHS but across local government ect.
So tell me this please .Should the Spanish Government stop treating British citizens too .??
How bloody ignorant can one be ?
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:15
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So tell me this please .Should the Spanish Government stop treating British citizens too .??
How bloody ignorant can one be ?
iif they have not paid into the system then unless they carry private medical insurance the deny everything bar emergency treatment and bill their respective governments, its called the National Health Service not the world health service.

As for Spain most Brits are no citizens of the nation as far as I'm aware so yes they should bill those that have not contributed to the service as Spanish tax payers.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:15
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Yes refuse treatment to anyone who can it provide evidence of residency status, the NHS cannot carry on as it is and sooner or later we will all see increasing creeping charges for things that should be free at the point of use, if we don't start cracking down on health tourism.

And the NHS should stop printing stuff in languages other than English, god forbid I'd hate to see how much is wasted on translation services not just in the NHS but across local government ect.
Oh no, not Rowan again

Based on your ridiculous posts in the Rebecca Alington thread and now the above, you're either a very poor troll or just plain ignorant. The notion of free treatment for all and sundry is clearly a myth, as per the many posts in this thread on the subject yet you're talking as if the OP was actually speaking the truth and Johnny Foreigner can simply stoll up to any NHS hospital and receive free treatment regardless of his nationality or place of residence.

Please try reading the thread in full. It's quite enlightening.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:18
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iif they have not paid into the system then unless they carry private medical insurance the deny everything bar emergency treatment and bill their respective governments, its called the National Health Service not the world health service.

As for Spain most Brits are no citizens of the nation as far as I'm aware so yes they should bill those that have not contributed to the service as Spanish tax payers.
I cant be arsed explaing about reciprocal agreements and EU Health cards .Google it if you want to learn something
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