The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015

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This page applies to England

Roland and Hervey have provided a useful summary.[1]

There is more information about charges for NHS treatment on other ganfyd pages including:

The regulations are available : The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015.

The charges, considered by some to be government racist propaganda, have been widely criticised in the lay press and by medical bodies.[2][3][4][5][6][7]


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  2. Faculty of Public Health. FPH briefing on the NHS Charging regulations for overseas visitors in England: Faculty of Public Health, 2018; 1-7 (
  3. Crosby L, Verrecchia R, Middleton J, Tahzib F, Goddard A. Professional bodies call for the suspension of the NHS charging regulations. BMJ Blogs, 2018; Updated 17 Dec 2018; Accessed: 2018 (21 Dec): (
  4. Campbell D. Medical colleges criticise charging migrants upfront for NHS care. The Guardian, 2018; Updated 20 Dec 2018; Accessed: 2018 (21 Dec): (
  5. Hill A. NHS fees for maternity care 'putting migrant mothers at risk. The Guardian, 2018; Updated 18 Sep 2018; Accessed: 2018 (21 Dec): (
  6. Feldman R. What Price Safe Motherhood? Charging for NHS Maternity Care in England and its Impact on Migrant Women. London: Maternity Action, 2018(Sep); (
  7. English PMB. NHS eligibility checks are racist propaganda, pure and simple. Peter English's random musings. London, 2018(