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

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Prederi (Firm)
Department of Health
Date of publication
22 October 2013
Health Services, Minority Groups
Social welfare
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This study looks at the cost to the NHS in England of providing services to people who are not ‘ordinarily resident’ and therefore may not be entitled to healthcare from the NHS free at the point of delivery. It also looks at groups who may be charged for services in future. The analysis is a top-down estimate based on data from the Census 2011, the International Passenger Survey 2012 and Immigration and other statistics from the Office of National Statistics, the Department of Health and the Home Office. The costs are 2012-13. These are the best available data in the public domain at the time of the analysis (July and August 2013). The visitor numbers and population estimates have been adjusted to account for the various durations of stay in England to derive a daily equivalent population ie the number of people present in England on an average day. This has then been analysed by age and gender to enable the populations to be associated with the relevant health costs.