Charging for overseas visitors
In 2015 the Government significantly changed the way NHS trusts charge overseas visitors who receive NHS treatment during their stay in the UK. Since then, a number of updates have been made to these regulations, with the most recent amendments coming into force in October 2017. This article outlines the most important changes, their significance and the implication they have for trusts.
- Since October 2017 NHS trusts are required by law to charge overseas visitors in advance for non-urgent treatment. If payment is not received, trusts are mandated to withhold treatment from the patient.
- For the first time since the regulations were introduced, non-NHS providers (such as those in the voluntary and private sectors) involved in the delivery of NHS services are also required to charge up front.
- Treatment in A&E departments and at GP surgeries remains exempt from these regulations.
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