Foreigners coming to Britain will be charged for emergency treatment on the NHS for the first time as part of a clampdown on health tourism. Migrants who go to A&E will be billed between £20 and £100 for a consultation, on top of the cost of their treatment – with staff presenting chip-and-pin machines at their bedsides. The charges are being brought in amid concerns that the NHS has become an 'international health service', with foreign patients who are not entitled to care racking up costs of £2billion a year. Read more >>
A&E is an abbreviation for Accident and Emergency. • The pressures of working in overcrowded A&E units have led hundreds of doctors to quit the NHS for Australia.