The days of free NHS service for returning expats is fast being dismantled
This report serves to support the argument that expats everywhere should seek to effect their own private medical insurance - reliance on the NHS for returning expatriates is and has become fraught with difficulty and complication.
Patients who do not visit their GP for five years could be barred from their doctor’s surgery under plans being developed in the east of England.
Under the move, patients who have not seen their GP for five years will be sent two letters asking them to respond. If they do not get in touch to say they still wish to be registered with their GP, they will be removed from the GP practice list.
GPs are paid for every patient on their list – in 2013/14, the average GP practice received funding worth £136 for each registered patient. The drive by the NHS England regional team – known as list cleansing - is intended to cut costs to the NHS. The idea is to find out whether patients no longer require services or have moved house, left the country or died.