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David Davies (Monmouth, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost of treating foreign nationals who are not entitled to NHS care.

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Dawn Primarolo (Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health; Bristol South, Labour)

It is not possible to provide the information requested. Successive governments have not required the national health service to provide statistics on the number of foreign nationals seen, treated or charged under the provisions of the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, as amended, nor any costs involved.

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