Guidance on implementing the overseas visitor hospital charging regulations 2015

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 March 2015
Health Services
Social welfare
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This guidance seeks to provide help and advice on the implementation of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015. However, it cannot cover all circumstances and is not intended to be a substitute for the Regulations themselves, which contain the legal provisions. Relevant NHS bodies are advised to seek their own legal advice on the extent of their obligations when necessary.

Not everyone is entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in England. This guidance explains what should happen when an overseas visitor needs NHS treatment provided by an NHS hospital in England. It is for staff at relevant NHS bodies, including clinicians, senior managers and clerks, and in particular for staff with a responsibility to identify and charge overseas visitors. The Department of Health strongly recommends that relevant NHS bodies have a designated person/s – hereafter referred to as an Overseas Visitor Manager (OVM) – to oversee the implementation of the Charging Regulations. All staff, including clinicians and managers, have a responsibility to ensure that the charging rules works effectively. The success of the charging rules also depends on the trust NHS staff being aware and supportive of the role of the OVM. They should be given the authority to ensure that the charging rules can be properly implemented in all departments.