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Migrants and overseas visitors face charges for A&E

Overseas visitors and migrants who require accident and emergency treatment from the NHS in England are to be charged, the Government has announced.

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Proposed changes to NHS charges for migrants

The Government has proposed changes to the NHS charging regime for migrants and overseas visitors in England.

Under these proposed changes they will:

  • Be billed for treatment at A&E units
  • Pay for primary care services such as minor surgery carried out by GPs
  • Prescription charges will be extended
  • Pay higher charges for services such as optical and dental care

Consultations with GPs and nurses will remain free of charge to ensure initial access remains to prevent public health risks such as TB, HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

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