Health Services: Foreign Nationals

Health written question – answered on 16th May 2013.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value was of invoiced fees owed to the NHS by foreign patients not entitled to free care which were written off in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The following table shows, for the years that are available, the total losses, bad debts and claims abandoned in relation to overseas visitors not entitled to free national health service hospital treatment that NHS trusts in England have recorded in their accounts. The Chairman of Monitor has provided similar data for NHS foundation trusts, which are also in the table.

The data may relate to treatment provided to overseas visitors in earlier financial years. Furthermore, since overseas visitors can include United Kingdom nationals visiting the UK, the data will not relate exclusively to foreign patients. The Department does not hold information centrally about the nationality of patients treated by the NHS.

Overseas visitors: Losses, bad debts and claims abandoned
  NHS trusts NHS foundation trusts Total
2011-12 8,880,564 2,676,000 11,556,564
2010-11 6,773,733 7,182,000 13,955,733
2009-10 6,967,780 2,120,000 9,087,780
2008-09 5,204,856 3,269,000 8,473,856
2007-08 6,468,751 2,621,000 9,089,751
2006-07 5,046,763 5,046,763
2005-06 3,883,017 3,882,017
2004-05 2,369,650 2,369,650
2003-04 3,334,173 3,334,173
2002-03 2,109,000 2,109,000
Source: NHS trust audited summarisation schedules and NHS foundation trust consolidated accounts (data are not available from NHS foundation trusts prior to 2007-08).

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