Health Services: Foreign Nationals:Written question - HL5939

Q
Asked by Lord Dobbs
Asked on: 28 February 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Foreign Nationals
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each year between 2007 and 2017, (1) how many patients were treated by the NHS who were not ordinarily resident in the UK, (2) what was the gross cost to the NHS of treating such patients, and (3) how much money was recovered from such patients.
A
Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 13 March 2018

The Department does not collect data from National Health Service trusts and NHS foundation trusts on patients who are treated by the NHS who are not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.

However, between 2012/13 and 2016/17, NHS cost recovery income identified for chargeable overseas visitors and migrants has more than quadrupled from £89 million to £352 million. All income recovered is directed straight back to the NHS frontline.

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