The NHS will double the amount migrants pay to use the NHS.
The current rate is £200, however, this is set to increase to £400 and from £150 to £300 for under 18’s.
The decision comes at a time of crisis for the NHS which desperately needs money.
Th move will raise over £200 million a year.
For far too long the National Health Service has been a victim of health tourism.
The cost increase will apply to migrants who come from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
“One health tourist left the NHS with an unpaid bill of £530,000 – one of three cases in 2016/17 in which a foreign patient cost the NHS more than £300,000.”
Health minister James O’Shaughnessy said: “We welcome long-term migrants using the NHS, but it is right that they make a fair contribution to its sustainability.
“By increasing the surcharge to reflect actual costs, this government is providing an extra £220million a year to support the NHS.”
Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said: “It is only right that people who come to the UK should contribute to the running of the NHS.
“The surcharge offers access to health care services that are far more comprehensive and at a much lower cost than many other countries.”
ANGER as two foreign hospital patients leave NHS with ONE MILLION POUNDS in unpaid bills
The Daily Express has reported that two foreign patients have left the NHS with around ONE MILLION POUNDS in unpaid medical bills, and the news has angered taxpayers all over Britain as they are the people who will ultimately be expected to make up the shortfall one way or another.
According to the report:
TWO health tourists left the crippled NHS with unpaid bills of more than £1million just months apart – as the country’s health service creaks under the strains of a winter crisis.
Today it was revealed an unnamed patient from outside the EU underwent £530,000-worth of treatment at a UK hospital and left without paying.
This staggering £532,498 debt is the highest unpaid NHS bill on record, trumping the previous highest left by a pregnant Nigerian woman.
The woman known only as Priscilla, 43, cost the taxpayer around £500,000 when she gave birth prematurely to quadruplets at London’s Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in November 2016.
The shocking cases of health tourism, which rack up to more than £1million in debt, come at a time when the NHS is buckling under the pressure, as A&E units report they are even running out of corridor space for patients, amid 12-hour waits.
Health tourism is part of a wider scandal that sees tens of thousands of people arrive here for treatment from countries already receiving millions of pounds in UK foreign aid.
It costs the NHS up to £2billion a year.
This morning, it emerged an unnamed patient, also from outside the EU, underwent half-a-million pound treatment at a Manchester hospital in 2017 and left without paying.
But hospital chiefs refused to disclose what treatment the person had at the University of Central Manchester NHS Trust or which country they are from, their age or gender due to “patient confidentiality”.
This is especially worrying at a time when it is well-known that the NHS is in a state of ‘winter crisis,’ and large funding gaps like this one will only exacerbate the key issues at the core of the crisis.
It is almost an impossible task to prevent when you consider that the NHS has a duty to provide emergency care if it is a ‘life or death’ situation and then ask questions later about funding – it would be impractical to do it any other way.
However, this is surely a situation that cannot be allowed to continue.
The people of Britain are incredibly proud of their health service, and rightly so as it is the envy of the developed world.
This is why stories such as this one are an emotive issue, and for all of the ‘duty of care’ talk that is out there, the reality hits home when other patients are denied a variety of treatments for financial and capacity-based reasons.
How much longer can this go on for? Who knows.
There has to be compromise somewhere between compassion for foreign citizens and the need to protect the NHS for the benefit of those who pay so much money into it.
Now, try and explain that last paragraph to the usual suspects without being accused of everything under the sun.