Visitors to UK to be charged for NHS treatment

Foreigners who come to the UK will face charges to access NHS treatment under new plans to ensure they "contribute towards the cost of their healthcare", the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce today.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce the measures as part of wider changes to immigration law
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce the measures as part of wider changes to immigration law Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Ministers will outline plans to introduce a levy on any students or foreign workers who come to the UK for more than half a year.

The fee, which is likely to be around £200 a year, will be an addition to the visa charge, officials said.

Mr Hunt is expected to announce a public consultation on the move later today as part of a raft of changes to immigration laws.

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Foreigners face £200 NHS fee

Non-EU nationals staying in England for more than six months could be charged £200 a year for non-emergency NHS treatment. The Health Secretary has sought to calm GPs' concerns by insisting that doctors would not have to act as "border officers".