How the Brexit decision might affect healthcare…

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Peter Russell

June 24, 2016

LONDON — The world is reeling from the United Kingdom’s (UK) historic vote on Thursday to leave the European Union (EU). The ramifications will be felt in all aspects of life, from economic, to travel and immigration, to national security, and not the least, to health.

The future of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) featured prominently in the run-up to yesterday’s referendum, and will figure prominently in the changes brought about by the decision.

While the “Leave” camp claimed the cash that the UK currently gives to the central leadership of the EU in Brussels, Belgium could now be ploughed back into health services, the “Remain” camp warned that economic turmoil from the British Exit (Brexit) threatened the fragile finances of the NHS.

But the bell has been rung. Now that 51.9% of the UK’s citizens chose to get out of the EU, while 48.1% backed remaining part of the club of 28 nations, what might the impending exit mean for the future of health and social care in the UK?

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