Health Services: Foreign Nationals

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the costs recovered from foreign nationals who received treatment on the NHS in (a) Mid Essex, (b) North East Essex and (c) the UK in the last five years for which data is available.

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

The Department does not hold data on the costs recovered from foreign nationals who have received treatment on the National Health Service in Mid Essex and North East Essex. Data on the costs recovered from overseas visitors, including United Kingdom nationals resident overseas, is published in NHS trust and NHS foundation trust annual accounts.

The total income identified from chargeable overseas visitors receiving NHS treatment is set out in the following table.


Total income*


£391 million


£352 million


£290 million


£97 million


£100 million


* includes direct charges, reimbursement from European Economic Area member states and immigration health surcharge

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