We view charging for healthcare as dangerous and unworkable. It creates public health risks as people without the funds to pay for treatment will delay getting help, leading to more costly emergency intervention, and potentially disastrous results for individuals.
Currently, everyone without leave to remain (except asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers in receipt of Home Office support) is chargeable for secondary healthcare provided by the NHS. Care that is deemed 'immediate and necessary' is provided first and then charged afterwards. Care that is not immediate and necessary must be paid for ahead of the treatment. This means, for example, that:
There is more information about the charging regime from the NRPF Network here.
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