NHS: Insurance

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of potential financial loss to the NHS arising from failure to claim reimbursement from insurance companies.

Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the NHS is maximising its entitlement to reimbursement from insurance companies.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department interprets the two questions as relating to the NHS Injury Cost Recovery scheme. The Department implements the recovery of National Health Service treatment costs though this scheme for patients injured as a result of third party negligence.

Reimbursement of NHS treatment costs are sought for every notification received as a result of a personal injury compensation claim. Therefore, there is no financial loss attributable to the failure to claim.

To ensure the NHS maximises on its entitlement to claim reimbursement, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Compensation Recovery Unit, who administer the scheme on behalf of the NHS, undertake a substantial amount of compliance work with key stakeholders within the insurance industry. DWP inspectors also have the right to examine the records of compensators to verify that they are complying fully with provisions of the legislation.

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