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| UK: Government Accused Of 'Scaremongering' Over Migrant NHS Fraud |
Few cases of EU insurance card abuse found despite claim of £19m-a-year loss.
The government has been accused of “scaremongering” for exaggerating the
scale of NHS fraud committed by migrants, HuffPost UK can reveal.
Official government publications have stated fraud involving Europeans
charging the NHS for care amounts to almost £19 million a year by mis-use of
the European Health Insurance Card.
The blue card is issued by the NHS to British people to pay for emergency
treatment in continental Europe.
The figure that led to a series of tabloid stories about foreigners exploiting
“loopholes”, with the cost apparently reaching £200m over ten years.
But a Freedom of Information response from the Department of Health shows
the NHS’s fraud division has only discovered potential seven cases of fraud in
the last three years, and just two definite cases.... [ Read More ]