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It’s unclear how many health insurance claims for the new levy will end up in court.
The new levy will rise to around £7 per head from April 1, but health experts say that the government could cut it to be less costly.
“It has gone to a level that is pretty affordable. There are still people who get sick and can’t pay; there are still people who don’t have coverage or don’t think they would have coverage,” said Professor Stephen Hufnagel from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
“There are some areas that may see it go up a bit more. It is more than £7 to qualify for a tax, yet people are getting sick as they shouldn’t. So there will still be people who find it impossible to meet their costs.”
The government has said that in 2017, 2.3 million people would lose their coverage.
The Health Benefits Consortium, whichapronx represents doctors and nurses, estimated last year that there were between 2.2 million and 2.3 million people without insurance or who were not eligible to join the health service.
“There is something very unusual in the nature of the number of people that are going without coverage because they can’t afford it.
“What we are seeing in our patients is clearly that there is a problem. We just don’t??? ??? understand how many people are really going without coverage because there are people on tax payer premium on benefits. That’s not really fair for them. There will still be people who don’t have insurance, because it’s expensiv??????e to get health insurance.”
The Health Benefit Consortium also said that almost one in five people did not have insurance in 2015.