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Health Services: Foreigners

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many foreign national patients were treated at (a) Barnet and Chase Farm, (b) Royal Free and (c) Northwick Park hospitals; how many such patients at each hospital were expected to pay for their treatment; how many have paid; how much has been paid in (i) each of the last two years and (ii) 2007-08 to date; and if he will make a statement. (179092)

This information requested is not held centrally.

Anyone who is not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom is considered an overseas visitor and is subject to the “National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989”, as amended. These regulations place a responsibility on NHS hospitals to establish whether a person is ordinarily resident, or exempt from charges under one of a number of exemption categories, or liable for charges.