Immigrants: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 30th October 2019.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people paying the immigration healthcare surcharge required healthcare in the 2018-19 financial year; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of that healthcare.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

This information is not collected by the Department.

In July 2018, the Government published an impact assessment. The impact assessment is available at the following link:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukia/2018/126/pdfs/ukia_20180126_en.pdf

On the immigration health surcharge which included an estimation that the average cost of a surcharge payer to the National Health Service was approximately £480.

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