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Health Services: East Riding

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the impact on the finances of the East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust of the number of temporary residents. (132462)

Arrangements are in place to enable payment for emergency treatment for those patients who are not normally resident in the area. For English patients who are treated as emergencies, their responsible primary care trust (PCT) is invoiced for the activity directly by the national health service organisation concerned ensuring that the host PCTs are not burdened with the payment for material costs of hospital activity. This guidance also covers the payment arrangements for charge-exempt overseas visitors. This includes all those visitors who are covered under international bilateral healthcare agreements, including European Economic Area arrangements.