Dying Man Given Bill for Tens of Thousands of Pounds for NHS Treatment

January 24, 2019

(The Guardian) – Before 2017, migrants and visitors to the UK not eligible for free healthcare were entitled to receive it and be billed afterwards. But two years ago, in a bid to eliminate so-called health tourism, the Conservative government introduced new regulations. These require NHS trusts in England to charge refused asylum seekers, those who have overstayed their visa, certain EU citizens and those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who are not studying or working for most healthcare. They can still see a GP free of charge, but they must pay up to 150% of the cost of their hospital care before they can be treated.