NHS: Foreigners

Health written question – answered on 17th July 2007.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Conservative, Monmouth 17th July 2007

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.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health 17th July 2007

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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