France seeks new patients from the NHS

France wants more foreigners – and especially people from the UK – to use its medical facilities and has launched a marketing campaign and new health agreements to attract patients.

French hospitals and clinics hope to cash in on the good reputation of their medical care, highlighting state-of-the-art facilities and short waiting times to health tourists from around the world.
Waiting times can be con­siderably less – two weeks for some operations which have a nine-month wait in the UK where a study shows 200,000 people are waiting longer than 18 weeks for NHS surgery.
The foreign and health ministries are actively seeking to boost the sector with a brochure called ‘Getting Medical Treat­ment in France’ (tinyurl.com/get-med-france) detailing treatments and locations.
They are making it easier to obtain visas for medical reasons, and improving the welcome for foreign visitors to hospitals with dedicated services and specially- trained personnel who speak English.

Two hospitals near the English Channel have signed deals to treat NHS patients. UK doctors can refer patients there as they can to any hospital in the UK, ...

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