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Expats save NHS money

I note in various media the constant, slightly resentful, airing of ‘costs to the NHS of Britons’ healthcare in France’ – given as €80 million by Thomas Fatome in December’s Connexion.

However, whenever this matter is discussed it seems to be forgotten that if these people were still resident in the UK, they would be treated there at a comparable cost (if not more, as most French charges are heavily regulated).

Furthermore, most people here have top-up health insurance whereby up to one third of some treatment costs are paid by the insurer – not the state – or this one third is borne by the individual.

Add these two facts together and these expats represent a positive saving for the NHS.

Sue WALTERS, by email

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