Health Services: Foreign Nationals

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th June 2018.

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Photo of Liz McInnes Liz McInnes Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the (a) costs recovered from foreign nationals who have received NHS treatment and (b) cost to the public purse of health tourism in each of the last three years.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

It is not possible to provide an estimate of the cost recovered of treating foreign nationals who have received National Health Service treatment as patient nationality is not reported by NHS provider trusts.

The Department does not hold information on the cost to the public purse of health tourism.

However income identified from chargeable overseas visitors, including European Economic Area (EEA) and non-EEA nationals for NHS services for the subsequent years can be found in the table below which is also published in the NHS trusts and NHS foundation trusts annual accounts.




Income from Chargeable Overseas Patients (£'000)




Income from other European Union states for treatment of their citizens (£'000)




Source: 2015-16 and 2016-17 NHS trust and foundation trust annual accounts

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