Information for Overseas visitors
Are you visiting the UK? Did you know that you
may have to pay for hospital treatment whilst here?
This information explains why you may be charged for your
hospital attendances and treatments. The Overseas Visitors Team
will be advised that you are accessing NHS care at this hospital
and will contact you by letter requesting that you contact a member
of the team to make an appointment to assess your eligibility for
NHS-funded care. At this point the Overseas Visitors Team can
advise you of the type of evidence that may be required, depending
on your circumstances.
If you believe that you are entitled to
NHS-funded hospital treatment you must contact the Overseas
Visitors Team to make this appointment to provide evidence to
support your claim, otherwise you will have to pay for your
Establishing your entitlement to NHS
In accordance with Department of Health Guidelines (2015), the
Trust must establish whether all patients are entitled to
NHS-funded treatment - this will involve asking you the following
1. Have you been
living legally in the UK for the last 12 months?
2. Can you show
that you have the right to receive NHS treatment free of
All patients with less than 12 months residency in the
UK will be asked to demonstrate their entitlement to
NHS-funded treatment. If this is not available, the Trust
will charge you for all treatment.
Following your appointment with the Overseas Visitors Team, you
may be asked to provide further evidence to support your claim to
- If you are visiting from the EEA (European Economic Area) or
from a country that has a 'reciprocal agreement' with the UK, it
may be that you will have some entitlement to NHS-funded treatment
but you must be able to produce either an EHIC card for treatment
or a E112/S2 form for referred treatment.
- If you are a failed asylum seeker you may be entitled to
NHS-funded treatment, however please note that you will not be
exempt from charges for treatment which commences after your
application (including any appeal process) has been rejected.
- If you arrived in this country after the 6th April
2015 from a Non-EEA country and have paid the health surcharge,
this will mean you are exempt from charge and will be treated as an
NHS patient as long as you are not in breach of your Visa purpose
or conditions. This will be checked by the Trust Overseas Visitors
Team at the time of your interview.
Where there is still uncertainty regarding your entitlement to
NHS-funded treatment, the Trust will contact the Home Office
Evidence and Enquiry Unit to determine your eligibility.
Failure to adhere with any of the above will result in the
relevant charges being made for your treatment.
If it is subsequently found that you are not entitled to
NHS-funded treatment you will be asked to sign an 'Undertaking to
Pay' form and to pay the estimated cost of your treatment prior to
this commencing. For maternity care this will be based on the
The above charges do not include any treatment that either the
mother or baby may require following the birth. The charges
for any subsequent treatment would be invoiced separately.
For more information and to view the Department of Health
Guidelines please visit the Department of Health website at