Independent report

Overseas visitors and migrant use of the NHS: extent and costs

Findings of qualitative and quantitative research into the extent and costs of migrant and overseas visitor use of the NHS.

Documents

Qualitative assessment of visitor and migrant use of the NHS in England: summary

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Qualitative assessment of visitor and migrant use of the NHS in England: full report

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Qualitative assessment of visitor and migrant use of the NHS in England: diary report

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Quantitative assessment of visitor and migrant use of the NHS in England: summary

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Quantitative assessment of visitor and migrant use of the NHS in England: full report

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Detail

These 2 reports, commissioned by the Department of Health, provide evidence of the impact overseas visitors and migrants are having in GP practices and NHS hospitals. They give a first set of estimates for the number and costs of that care.

The reports indicate that:

  • the rules need to be clearer about who is eligible for free NHS care
  • NHS staff who took part in the research feel that overseas visitor and migrant use of the NHS is an issue and broadly support the proposals to improve the system
  • it should be possible to identify substantially higher numbers of patients who are not eligible for free NHS care (chargeable patients) and to improve recovery of costs from them