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British citizens could be forced to carry ID cards to access free NHS care as part of crackdown on health tourism

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DANIEL MARTIN
UK Daily Mail
March 4, 2013

Britons could have to carry an ‘entitlement card’ to access free NHS care as part of a crackdown on health tourists, it emerged yesterday.

David Cameron is considering plans to restrict free healthcare for immigrants to those who have lived here for more than a year, amid fears the cash-strapped NHS has become the ‘Global Health Service’.

Reforms under discussion could mean immigrants having to wait six months or even a year before being granted habitual residency and therefore hospital care.

But MPs say the scheme can only work if those entitled to free care can prove it. This would involve them presenting a card at the point of treatment.

However, the idea could spark civil liberty concerns akin to the opposition to Labour’s plans to impose an identity card.

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