EDF and Government response – NHS charging proposals

A consultation on proposals to further extend charging for overseas visitors and migrants who use the NHS was launched in December 2015, closing in March 2016.  The Government responded in February 2017.

The government’s response included plans to:

  • require NHS providers to obtain charges upfront and in full before a chargeable overseas visitor can access non-urgent treatment;
  • bring 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; and
  • remove assisted reproduction services from those that a person who has paid the immigration health surcharge can access without charge.

The Equality and Diversity Forum published our response in March 2016.

Responses from EDF Members and Associates

Royal College of Nursing, April 2016.

TUC, March 2016.

Responses from other organisations

The Race Equality Foundation, supported by the Coalition of Race Equality Organisations and others, March 2016.