A man from Wales was charged £1,775 for treatment in an English hospital – because he was a “foreigner”.
Nicholas White, 64, was shocked when the bill arrived after he was taken ill while visiting relatives in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, just before Christmas.
“I was told that because I was Welsh I counted as a foreigner and would therefore have to pay,” said Mr White, a retired teacher from Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd, Wales.
This is a pity though:
The NHS trust has now admitted that the bill should have gone direct to Mr White’s local NHS trust and not to him directly.
And this is fascinating:
He spent three days undergoing tests at the Hinchingbrooke Hospital and was released with suspected gallstones.
Several weeks later, Mr White was offered an appointment for a follow-up procedure in the form of a gastroscopy to investigate what was causing his pain.
Mr White approached his regular GP in Barmouth, who advised him to take the appointment because he might have to wait anything up to six months to have the procedure in Wales.
NHS England is more market based than NHS Wales. The marketisation of health care really is such a bad idea, isn’t it?