NHS PAYMENTS TO EUROPE SHOW HOW THE UK TAXPAYER IS BEING FLEECED – Recent publication of NHS expenditure that pays for the sick in Europe clearly shows that the UK taxpayer is getting the short end of the stick as it reveals we pay Europe over £900 million and yet receive a poultry £48.7 million in return; leaving many feeling that the British taxpayer is the one responsible for looking after those who are sick and in need of health care in Europe.
The cost is to cover health care treatment of British citizens who fall ill while in continental Europe, however the NHS is receiving just a fraction of the charges made to the NHS when we treat European visitors.
The exact amount the UK taxpayer handed over last year was a staggering £903.4 million compared to receiving just £48.7 million. It appears to many that the UK is a soft touch and due to the level of incompetence in Government the UK taxpayer is open to abuse and is being fleeced by other EU member states.
Breaking the figures down shows that the UK pays out at 18 to 1; that is for every £18 the UK provides in payment to the EU it gets back just £1.
After discovering yesterday that the Prime Minister wasn’t aware that many public sector chiefs were earning far more than him it is little wonder why the public feel that the Government and the people it employs in the public sector are incompetent.
This particular situation simply goes another step further in showing the public that the Government and its public sector chiefs are simply unable to manage the finances and this is highlighted in the fact that NHS hospital bosses are completely ineffectual at managing the accounts and forcing those who owes us money to pay it. It has also been acknowledged by many NHS chiefs that they do not even bother to keep records of debts because enforcing payment is almost impossible.
We are fully aware that ‘Health Tourism’ is costing the taxpayer billion’s a year and again there is little or no real plans to prevent the taxpayers’ money being wasted in this fashion.
It was earlier this month that we reported on the systematic abuse of the NHS by foreigners as some medical professionals detailed the level of abuse in the treatment of cancer, HIV, Kidney and fertility treatments; with some suggesting that the UK has now become the ‘maternity ward of the world’ all of which was paid for by the taxpayer as foreigner either refused to pay or simply left without paying.
It now clearly shows that the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, and his ‘promise’ to make hospitals improve is like all the other promises this Government has made – empty rhetoric that clearly shows their lack of care of taxpayers’ money and their incompetence to control it.
We were, according to Jeremy Hunt, supposed to see a ‘radical’ change and shake-up of the NHS so that the system could no longer be abused by Europe and ‘health tourists’. Considering the figures these so-called ‘radical’ changes were obviously not radical enough.
There is no doubt that some of the cost can be attributed to the number of British retirees living in continental Europe while few EU citizens bother to retire in the UK. However this could easily be off set with the vast number of migrant workers coming to the UK. Current figures indicate there are some 1.4 million migrant workers in the UK compared to just 330,000 UK nationals working in EU member state.
From the table below it is easy to determine which countries benefit the most from the UK Taxpayer. France for instance racked in £196.7 million but paid the UK just £6.3 million. Germany also did very nicely from the NHS payment system; reaping £21.5 million while paying back just £2 million.
The largest beneficiary was Spain who charged the NHS a staggering £247.3 million while paying back only £3.2 million; although it has to be said there are many UK retirees living in Spain who requires medical treatment.
“The fact that the NHS fails to keep proper records of overseas visitors who come here from the EU is indicative of two problems: the reluctance of staff to think of the NHS as a business that should be run as efficiently as possible, and a system which depends on governments chasing reimbursement, rather than visitors paying up front.” Julia Manning, of the think-tank 2020health
It is clear, from the records, that the UK Government needs to employ ‘qualified’ personnel to undertake the task of properly managing the NHS finances and not ‘chums’ and old ‘school friends’ of the Prime Minister or his cabinet members.
What do you think? Is the UK Taxpayer being fleeced again by European Member States? Do you think it’s time the UK closed the doors and pulled out of Europe and concentrated its efforts and taxpayers money for the benefit of UK citizens?