Executive Summary

The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 have been amended in 2017. These changes were made so that the NHS recovers all applicable income from migrants, visitors and former residents of the UK, who are required to pay for their hospital treatment costs while in England.

Within England, free NHS Hospital treatment is provided on the basis of someone being “ordinarily resident” when that residence is lawful, adopted voluntarily, and for settled purposes as part of the regular order of their life for the time being, whether of short or long duration.

An “overseas visitor” is any person who is not “ordinarily resident” in the UK. It is not dependent upon nationality, payment of UK taxes, national insurance contributions, being registered with a GP, having an NHS number or owning property in the UK.

Entitlement to free NHS hospital treatment at the point of use is based on residence status alone. British citizens who are no longer resident in the UK are not necessarily entitled to free NHS care at the point of use.

Treatment in A&E departments and as GP surgeries presently remains free for all.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Dawn Cooper
Ratified by: Trust Executive Committee
Date Ratified: April 2018
Date Issued: May 2018
Review Date: April 2022
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Dawn Cooper