Asylum Matters
New Briefing on Healthcare Charges

New rules, known as the ‘The NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017’ came into force on 23 October 2017. These regulations extend charging into community healthcare services, including services delivered by NHS providers and charities and social enterprises under contract to the NHS. 

It is a very complex system of charging, and often even health professionals do not know whether they can treat their patient for free or if they are liable to be charged. Often asylum seekers wrongly think that they will have to pay thousands of pounds for some forms of treatment, and endanger their health by not visiting their GP or local hospital.

Asylum Matters have put together a concise briefing on what these charges are for, who they apply to, and which services are exempt from charges. Knowing the differences will enable people to access services and avoid unnecessary health problems.