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Recovering the cost of NHS treatment of overseas visitors

 

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Recovering the cost of NHS treatment of overseas visitors

New regulations requiring all hospitals to check upfront whether patients are eligible for free NHS treatment will be in place under plans to recover the cost of health treatments provided to patients not ordinarily resident in the UK.

Legal changes will require all hospitals to establish whether patients are eligible for free treatment, and to charge upfront those who are not eligible for any non-urgent, planned care.

The law will change from April 2017 and this will play an important role in meeting the government’s ambition to recover up to £500m a year from overseas visitors who are not eligible for free care.