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Medical Treatment (Foreign Exchange)

Volume 462: debated on Tuesday 1 March 1949

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33.

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the nature of the examination of all applications for foreign exchange on health grounds by the Exchange Control Medical Advisory Committee; and in how many cases applications from persons suffering from tuberculosis have been refused foreign exchange in order to be treated or cured in Switzerland.

Each application is considered by two members of the Committee, who consider the medical reports submitted by the patient's own doctor and, if they think this desirable, call for further evidence. If a difference of opinion emerges, the case is referred to the chairman. The answer to the second part of the Question in respect of tuberculosis applications for all countries is 101 in 14 months ended 14th February last. The figure for Switzerland is not separately available, but Switzerland probably accounts for 90 per cent. of the tuberculosis cases. The corresponding approvals over the same period were 1,009.