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Hospital Charges

Volume 127: debated on Friday 19 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what sums were collected by each of the Welsh area health authorities from non-United Kingdom residents for hospital charges in 1985–86 and 1986–87; and what is the estimated net sum after deduction of costs of administration.

The income collected from charges to overseas visitors by each district health authority in Wales in the past two years was as follows:

£ Thousand
District Health Authority1985–861986–87
Clwyd5·2-2·9
East Dyfed6·62·0
Gwent19·79·3
Gwynedd12·02·4
Mid Glamorgan0·00·0
Pembrokeshire3·80·2
Powys0·40·0
South Glamorgan17·6-0–4
West Glamorgan-0·10·1
Wales65·210·6
CountryAirlineAircraft typePeriod of exemption
CyprusCyprus Airways1 Boeing 70731 December 1988
PortugalTAP1 Boeing 70731 December 1988
SudanSudan Airways3 Boeing 707s31 March 1988 (2 flights)
BelgiumTrans European Airways1 Boeing 70731 December 1988
NetherlandsKLM11 McDonnell Douglas DC9s31 December 1988
FranceMinerve1 Caravelle6 February 1988

Source: Health Authorities' Annual Accounts.

Notes:

1. Figures may not add up due to roundings.

2. Figures relate to charges authorised by regulations made under Section 121 of the National Health Service Act 1977 (which provides for the recovery of charges in respect of services provided to persons not ordinarily resident in Great Britain.

The structure of the health authorities' annual accounts does not allow the associated administration costs to be estimated.