Impact assessment

Overseas NHS visitors: amending and extending the charging regulations

Assessment of impact of amendments to the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 (the charging regulations).


Visitor and migrant NHS cost recovery – amending and extending the charging regulations

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This document analyses the impact of amending the charging regulations to give the government powers to:

  • extend charging to apply to non-NHS providers of NHS-funded care, and secondary care delivered outside the hospital setting
  • require upfront charging for non-urgent planned care
  • remove assisted reproduction services from the scope of what is available free of charge to immigration health charge payers (or equivalent)
  • remove the current exemption category relating to a subset of ship workers
  • require NHS trusts and foundation trusts to flag a patient’s record to indicate chargeable status

(First published in 2017)

Published 28 August 2018