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New rules for using the NHS for non-UK citizens

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Mark Platt
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New rules for using the NHS for non-UK citizens
Posted on: February 18 2015, 11:43 am

This has been published this week on the gov.uk website.

New rules to improve overseas visitors’ contributions to NHS care. Changes to NHS charging regulations will also affect former UK residents.

Overseas visitors who need healthcare while in England will soon be charged differently for using the NHS as part of efforts to recoup £500 million a year by 2017 to 2018.

From April, the way the NHS charges these visitors is being changed so that it does not lose out on income from migrants, visitors and former residents of the UK who have left, who should all pay for their care while in the country.

Within the UK, free NHS treatment is provided on the basis of someone being ‘ordinarily resident’. 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.

The changes which come into effect from April will affect visitors and former UK residents differently, depending on where they now live.

Treatment in A&E departments and at GP surgeries will remain free for all.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-rules-to-improve-overseas-visitors-contributions-to-nhs-care
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Sarah Radcliffe
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Re: New rules for using the NHS for non-UK citizens
Reply #1 on: February 19 2015, 11:46 am

Please see attached to this post an NAT summary of these changes.  Some of the exemption categories have been broadened and new ones have been added.
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