The Home Office has published a consultation on 3 July 2013 about migrants’ access and financial contribution to the NHS. The consultation asks who should be charged in future, what services they should be charged for, and how we can ensure that the system is better able to identify patients who should be charged.
The consultation includes plans to:
- make temporary residents from outside of the European Economic Area contribute to the cost of their healthcare with a levy that then enables them to access NHS services when they need them, or through health insurance or other options
- end free access to primary care for all visitors and tourists
- more effectively claim back reimbursement from the home countries of patients who are visiting from within European Economic Area
- introduce more practical and easier ways for the NHS to identify whether someone is not eligible for free healthcare.
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