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Health tourism charges come into force in England

Health tourism charges come into force in England

Providers of NHS treatment are now required to make sure patients in England are eligible for free care - and to charge them up front if not. The measures apply to planned, non-urgent care - A&E, general practice and infectious disease treatment remain free to all.

The government has previously estimated that up to £500m could be recovered from overseas visitors' and migrants' use of the NHS every year.

But Dr Chaand Nagpaul, of the British Medical Association, said the current proposals "lack clarity" and "run the risk of causing confusion".

Under the new measures, patients will be asked where they have lived in the last six months. If they have lived abroad, they will be asked to show documentation that they are entitled to free NHS care, such as a non-UK European Health Insurance Card.

Source: BBC

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