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Updated: Government to patch up paperless’ health rights. Norway’s tripartite Coalition wants to extend illegal immigrants’ rights to proper healthcare. Opposition Parties are highly negative. People without a residence permit in Norway only have access only to emergency health care. The government put its proposal to extend these rights out for consultation. The Progress Party (FrP) opposes the motion, convinced that Norway’s paperless people should not benefit from increased privileges.

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Updated: Government to patch up paperless’ health rights

Published on Thursday, 17th February, 2011 at 09:37 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last Updated on 17th February 2011 at 12:58.

Norway’s tripartite Coalition wants to extend illegal immigrants’ rights to proper healthcare. Opposition Parties are highly negative.

A Stethoscope
A Stethoscope
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People without a residence permit in Norway only have access only to emergency health care. The government put its proposal to extend these rights out for consultation.

The Progress Party (FrP) opposes the motion, convinced that Norway’s paperless people should not benefit from increased privileges.

“It is completely unacceptable and contributes to eroding national insurance and the health rights of Norwegian citizens. We also think providing assistance beyond emergency and urgent care to this group should be prohibited by law”, FrP’s immigration policy spokesperson. Per Willy Amundsen, tells Aftenposten.

He believes both Parliament and the Government draw some lines, claiming the proposal would only allow illegal immigrants to stay longer in Norway.

Bent Høie, the Conservatives’ (H) representative on the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Care Services, says his Party supports this view.

“We have one of the most generous and best health care systems in the world. Full rights can be a motivator and help ensure that people remain in Norway illegally. We fulfill this issue’s ethical demands as long as we protect the offer of emergency help and urgent assistance.”

Mr Høie fears illegal immigrants could use their children’s health as leverage if their rights are extended, discounting arguments Norway breaks the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“This is often used, but is misinterpreted when it comes to this matter. It is like saying all children in the world have the right to grow up in Norway, because Norway is the best country to be nurtured in.”

Coalition MP for the Socialist Left Party (SV) and representative on the Standing Committee, Geir Ketil Hansen, says his Party supports extending asylum seekers’ rights.

“There are many types of treatments that take a long time, but it goes without saying that seriously ill people must have access to emergency care. The rules need to be clarified, and it could be some have to be changed”.



Published on Thursday, 17th February, 2011 at 09:37 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.
Last updated on 17th February 2011 at 12:58.

This post has the following tags: asylumseekers, illegalimmigrants, healthcare, perwillyamundsen, benthoeie, geirketilhansen.





  
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