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GP leaders vote in favour of charging overseas patients


I can't understand those who are against charging, since until recently it was what we all did (or should have been doing!) For years the rule for general practice was that we charged overseas visitors who were not resident, the rough definition being not here for a settled purpose for 6 months or more. Then a handful of years ago the government changed it to a more complex flow-chart depending on which country they came from. It was only 2 or 3 years ago that this government changed it yet again to demand that GPs work for free in treating overseas visitors. For the vast majority of my 21 years in general practice, we could and we did charge overseas visitors. It is only very recently that we have been prevented from doing so. So I ask, why the sudden attack of bleeding heart liberals acting as if charging overseas visitors is some new terrible idea?

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23 May 2016

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