Asylum seekers 'sponging off healthcare'

13th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

13 October 2006, AMSTERDAM — Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst has outraged MPs by declaring that discussions over medical care for illegal immigrants is too sentimental, claiming that they receive better care than the Dutch.

13 October 2006

AMSTERDAM — Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst has outraged MPs by declaring that discussions over medical care for illegal immigrants is too sentimental, claiming that they receive better care than the Dutch.

The statement came after the Christian Democrat CDA and the left-wing opposition parties had demanded better access to GPs for asylum seekers on Thursday.

The Liberal VVD minister said that their concern was based on "incidents and TV programmes" and that "access to GPs for asylum seekers is better regulated than for residents of the Netherlands", news service NIS reported.

Labour PvdA, Socialists SP, green-left GroenLinks and CDA MPs reacted angrily, accusing the minister of playing down the problems.

Hoogervorst said healthcare for asylum seekers costs an average of EUR 10,000 per person per year, excluding hospital charges.

The average cost for Dutch nationals is EUR 4,300, including hospital charges.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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