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New study finds that Eastern European migrants don’t drain Western European healthcare services

A new study demonstrates that Eastern European migrants are no drain for Western European healthcare services according to research conducted at the UCD College of Business. The findings disprove the claim that benefit tourism is a threat to West European member states. Eastern countries’ EHIC reimbursement payments to Western countries are far higher than the corresponding payments into the other direction, relative to healthcare expenditure in each region. The study was led by Dr Sabina Stan, Senior Social Scientist at the European Research Council group of Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance regime at the UCD College of Business, and co-authored by Professor Roland Erne. The ERC research group led by Professor Erne is based in the Geary Institute for Public Policy.