Restrictive healthcare policies associated with delayed TB diagnosis and treatment

The introduction of policies that restrict healthcare access for visitors and migrants not entitled to free NHS care may be associated with delays in diagnosis and treatment for patients with tuberculosis (TB) who were not born in the UK, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. Delays in diagnosis and treatment of an infectious disease like TB may increase morbidity and mortality for infected individuals, as well as transmission in the community.