This is because European countries which incur costs due to the medical treatment of British people living there, already claim those costs back from the NHS; indeed, this they do both fervently and enthusiastically.
So there would be no new costs involved, since the NHS already picks up the bill for their treatment.
As if yet another example of how the liberal media seize on any apparent bad news story regarding leaving the E.E.C. and subsequently blindly running and following it were needed, Adam Boulton on the explicitly pro-European Sky News, gleefully announced today a report by the Nuffield Trust which gave the figures.
Well, they would say that.
Because they're a private healthcare company.
Some journalism that is, Mr. Boulton.
However, apart from overlooking the obvious, inherent bias and self-interest of the report, there is another glaringly obvious flaw in their argument.
Politicians spend all their time denying there are any costs associated with immigration; apparently it's all gain for Britain.
In particular, they vehemently deny that foreigners cost the NHS virtually anything.
Yet if it were true that a possible, paltry few thousand returning ex-patriots would cost the NHS a billion pounds, then this highlights an anomaly which can't go ignored.
On their logic, the 3 million or more foreigners that have come to Britain over the last 10 years or so must therefore cost the NHS at least 3 billion pounds a year.
They can't have it both ways.
And we know that the NHS does not bother recovering the cost of treatment for foreigners, from their native countries.
Probably because they're frightened it would be 'racist', no doubt.