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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Solution To Waiting Times

A British court rules that British citizens who have to wait for treament and seek it outside of the country are entitled to a refund for the cost of the treatment by the NHS.
UK patients forced to wait longer than they should for NHS treatment are entitled to reclaim the cost of being treated in Europe, a court has ruled.

The European Court of Justice said the NHS must refund costs if patients waited longer than clinicians advised, even if waiting time targets were met.

The case, which centres on the definition of "undue delay", could have a significant impact on the NHS.

It will allow any patient facing an unacceptable delay who has the funds to pay for an operation upfront to seek treatment abroad and recoup the costs from the NHS.

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