Immigrants: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th April 2020.

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Photo of The Bishop of Durham The Bishop of Durham Bishop

To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence was used to inform the increase in the immigration health surcharge, announced in the 2020 Budget.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department looked at actual data on surcharge-payers’ use of the National Health Service between April 2015 and September 2019 and their length of stay in the United Kingdom. This estimated the total costs to the NHS of treating the average surcharge-payer to be around £624 per person per annum.

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