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NHS Treatment: Overseas Visitors

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 4 November 2008

22. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what checks are made on the eligibility of overseas visitors for NHS treatment. (232553)

NHS hospitals have a legal duty to establish eligibility to free hospital treatment for all overseas visitors. They consider whether exemption from charge categories listed within these regulations apply, based on the evidence provided by the patient. If patients are not exempt, hospitals make and recover charges from them.