Immigrants: Health Services

Home Office written question – answered on 10th September 2015.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what consideration is made of (a) number of years spent as a UK taxpayer and (b) overall net contribution to the UK economy when applying annual health surcharges to non-European Economic Area spouses of UK citizens.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The immigration health surcharge is not calculated on the basis of number of years spent as a UK taxpayer or overall net contribution of individuals to the UK economy. In setting the amount of the charge, the last Government considered the range of health services available without charge to migrants, the valuable contribution migrants make to our country and the need to ensure that the UK remains an attractive destination for global talent.

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