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HIV Infection: Fees and Charges

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will amend the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989 to specify HIV as a condition exempt from charging. (253512)

The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, as amended, already state that diagnostic testing for HIV and any associated counselling is free of charge to all irrespective of their residency status. Overseas visitors not eligible for free hospital treatment are required to pay the full costs of any HIV treatment beyond the initial test and counselling. A review of access to the national health service by foreign nationals, including consideration of the diseases for which no charge is to be made for treatment, is currently ongoing. This is expected to be subject to a full consultation exercise shortly.