Boyd wrote: Psamathe wrote:
Boyd wrote:Why has there been a 20% increase in people using A and E This year? Nothing to do with EU immigrants? Who often don't speak english so the NHS has to supply an interpreter. I note no TV stations are suggesting that as possibility. Not politically correct?
Or maybe not factually correct. Maybe, if you are going to suggest that it is due to immigrants flooding our health service then you should provide some evidence/facts ?
All reports I've read are that the EU immigrants in the UK tend to be younger and thus healthier and thus make significantly lower demands on our health services. Whereas the British population is disproportionately aged and thus makes much higher demands of the health services.
And then you have to balance all those British people living in e.g. France or Spain who are making demands on e.g. the French or Spanish Health Services (rather than the UK health services) and demographically they are an older age group who tend to make higher demands on health services than younger people.
And where is your evidence to suggest they don't.....
Actually the increase is from shape shifting aliens who have been coming to Earth (from light years away) to get their health care free on our NHS - and now I'll ask you to provide evidence that that is not the case.
You are asserting that an increase in A&E attendances is because of increased EU immigration (ignoring the fact that over 50% of our net immigration is from outside the EU) - the onus is on you to provide backing facts or evidence for your assertion, not for me to prove it isn't true.
Boyd wrote:A French lady who went home told me they wouldn't accept her UK ehic card and made her pay €200 euros at A and E to see a doctor.
You need to provide more details (and maybe understand a bit more about how the EHIC cards work. In France (at least when I lived there) you pay for your healthcare and then the state refunds you (it's pretty slick if on CPAM as you have a health CPAM card and the GP has a machine and it's all automatic). But in some EEA countries, visiting from the e.g. UK you still pay and reclaim the money from the UK government. I assume your French lady was seeking treatment in France (UK NHS would charge £ not €). And you cannot use your EHIC in the issuing country. And you can put yourself in a position where you are not covered by any healthcare system - was when I returned from living in France to living in the UK, for 6 months and had I needed serious healthcare then I would have had to pay even though I am a British citizen and was living in the UK. And when I returned I did need a minor operation and I had to wait 6 months and then before I even got to see a Consultant I had to go through a special interview with somebody in the hospital to present evidence and convince them I was fully UK resident.