Consultation outcome

Overseas visitors and migrants: extending charges for NHS services

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Detail of outcome

The government’s response summarises what respondents told us about the proposals and sets out what the government now intends to do to extend charging rules to wider areas of NHS, so that visitors and migrants make more of a contribution for the care that they access This includes:

  • requiring NHS providers to obtain charges upfront and in full before a chargeable overseas visitor can access non-urgent treatment
  • bringing out of hospital secondary care services and NHS-funded services provided by non-NHS organisations, within the services that chargeable overseas visitors will have to pay for
  • removing assisted reproduction services from those that a person who has paid the immigration health surcharge can access without charge

Ipsos MORI was also commissioned to undertake a formative evaluation of the Overseas Visitor and Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme.

Original consultation


Seeks views on proposed changes to further extend charging for overseas visitors and migrants who use the NHS.

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Consultation description

Overseas visitors and migrants, or in some cases their home countries, are already charged in various ways for the cost of healthcare they receive in NHS hospitals.

This consultation seeks your views on proposals to further extend this charge, including exploring changes in:

  • primary care
  • secondary care
  • community healthcare
  • current residency requirements


Published 7 December 2015
Last updated 6 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. The government response to the consultation and the Ipsos MORI evaluation of the overseas visitor and migrant NHS cost recovery programme final report have been published.
  2. First published.