If you’re visiting the UK from overseas and need hospital treatment then you may be charged for this.
Hospital treatment is free to people classed as ordinarily resident in the UK which means that “you must be living lawfully and voluntarily in the UK for settled purposes as part of the regular order of your life, for the time being”. As well as this, all patients subject to immigration control must have “indefinite leave to remain”.
Ordinary residence doesn’t depend on your nationality (including UK citizens), European Union Settlement Scheme (EU SS) status, payment of UK taxes, National Insurance contributions, if you’re registered with a GP, have an NHS Number, or own property in the UK.
The Department of Health Overseas Charging Regulations place the responsibility on individuals to prove entitlement to free NHS treatment.
We ask for your help in providing the evidence we need to avoid your liability for the cost of any treatment provided to you now or in the future.
Please see the guidance from the government and the NHS on receiving hospital treatment if you’re not ordinarily a resident in the UK.