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NHS: Fees and Charges

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has collected in charges for services to patients not entitled to free services in each year since such charges were introduced; and if he will make a statement. (317337)

Charges have been in place since 1982 for hospital treatment given to certain overseas visitors to the United Kingdom, but these statistics have only been collected since 2003-04. The total national income from overseas patients under non-reciprocal arrangements collected by national health service trusts and primary care trusts since that time is shown in the following table. They do not include data from NHS foundation trusts.

Non-reciprocal income received (£)

2003-04

9,178,000

2004-05

10,883,000

2005-06

13,070,000

2006-07

15,182,925

2007-08

18,167,000

2008-09

17,541,000