NHS and the European Union: The Facts

This infographic outlines the key facts about the relationship between the NHS and the European Union.

The UK’s referendum on EU membership takes place on the 23rd June, and is one of the most highly-charged political issues in the United Kingdom. An important consideration is the future of the National Health Service.

Although “Leave” campaigners believe that the NHS will be better off outside the EU, recent government figures suggest that Brexit would result in a loss to public services of £36bn a year, an amount that could leave the NHS with a funding black hole.

The impact of a potential Brexit is open to debate and nobody can really forecast how the NHS would fare. As debate rages on, we have collected this data from a number of sources to bring you what’s important about the NHS and the European Union: The Facts.

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    • Mike In ESP

      26 May 2016 • 22:55

      You say British visitors cost Spain’s health care and Spain’s visitors costs British health care… can you explain where the UK pays Spain for UK visitors healthcare and vice versa has been covered for in this, as you don’t seem to mention anything about that!

      Could you also explain how it costs British ex pats for treatment in the UK while your graph seems to show that it costs over £1.8 Billion treating non EU citizens!

      It is interesting that the NHS is the 5 th largest employer in the world, “ahead on the National Petroleum Corporation of China” maybe that should tell us something about how the HNS is run and maybe how savings could be made so more doctors and nurses are employed… so who is getting all the work when we haven’t enough nurses and doctors… those pesky jobs worths and pen pushers. Isn’t this really why some politicians have been looking at privatising the NHS? Because governments have no idea on running businesses and so let administration bleed the NHS dry!


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