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Migrants’ right to healthcare: accepting limits on what European healthcare systems can provide (letters) / David Hughes

British Medical Journal, Volume: 353, Issue: 8058, Pages: 2679 - 2679

Swansea University Author: Hughes, David

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DOI (Published version): 10.1136/bmj.i2679

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This is a response to Dr JM Clarke's article calling for governments to stop denying a right to free healthcare to migrants entering the European Union. It discusses the economic and logistical constraints confronting European healthcare systems, and argues that certain limits will have to be a...

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Published in: British Medical Journal
Published: 2016
Online Access: http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i2679
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa31581
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Abstract: This is a response to Dr JM Clarke's article calling for governments to stop denying a right to free healthcare to migrants entering the European Union. It discusses the economic and logistical constraints confronting European healthcare systems, and argues that certain limits will have to be accepted. It highlights the potentially high volume of demand, uncertainty about the extent of morbidity in migrant populations, and the vulnerability of European systems in a period of austerity. Against this background certain limits on access adopted in Germany and Sweden are not unreasonable. The discussion continues in online responses, including one by Hughes that expands the original argument.
Item Description: Also exists as longer earlier online Rapid Response to Clark's article. http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i1971/rapid-responses
Keywords: migrant healthcare; European healthcare; austerity; universal healthcare coverage; access; limits to care
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 8058
Start Page: 2679
End Page: 2679