NHS healthcare is not free for everyone.
NHS hospital treatment is free for anyone living in the UK on a lawful and settled basis. You may be asked to prove where you live. If proof is not provided you may be charged in advance of any treatment given.
Who is classed as an Overseas Visitor?
An overseas visitor patient is someone who is not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and does not permanently live in the UK. If patients are visiting the UK, or have been living outside the UK, they may have to pay for their NHS treatment. This includes British Citizens who no longer live in the UK, including pensioners who move abroad to live outside the EEA.
A person does not become ordinarily resident in the UK simply by having British nationality, holding a British passport, being registered with a GP, having an NHS number, owning a property in the UK or having paid (or currently paying) National Insurance contributions and taxes in the UK.
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Please apply for your European Health Insurance card (EHIC) from your home country and bring it with you when visiting or studying in England.
If you are a British national living abroad, you may have to pay for NHS hospital treatment. Before you travel, please make sure you have health insurance or have an EHIC from the country you currently reside in.
Please make sure you have purchased health insurance before you travel to England. If you are staying for longer than 6 months, you will need to pay a health surcharge which will cover you for any NHS healthcare you receive. Patients in England are required to make contributions towards the cost of their NHS care so you'll still need to pay for certain types of services eg prescriptions, dental treatment and eye tests.
Temporary patients will be charged £30 for a consultation with a GP at Dunelm Medical Practice and there may be further charges for any treatment or investigations.
Owe cash to the NHS? Your visa application may be at risk.
Urgent Medical Treatment
Patients will always be treated for urgent or necessary treatment regardless of their ability to pay. However, patients may be charged retrospectively if they are not eligible for free treatment.
For more information go to: www.nhs.uk/visitingengland