- The plan to charge foreigners for using the NHS would only apply to those outside the European Economic Area (which includes European Union countries plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein).
- The NHS claims back the cost of EEA visitors treatment from their home country.
- Proposals include a levy on visa charges of around £200 for any students or foreign workers who come to the UK for more than six months.
- Free access to GPs for tourists and those staying for less than half a year could also be curbed.
- Expatriates who live outside Europe would be expected to contribute.
- However, expatriates who have made up to 10 years National Insurance contributions would still receive NHS care.
- Nobody will be denied treatment regardless of their nationality.
For more information, go to the Department of Health's website