International patients requesting treatment in the UK

Please note, the following is for information only, and AMMF cannot accept liability for any inaccuracies there may be.

Treatment in NHS hospitals is free to people who live in the United Kingdom.

However, if you do not normally live here, or are not included in one of the exemption categories listed below, you will have to pay for any treatment that you need.

Exemption categories:

  • If you receive treatment in an Accident and Emergency department, or an NHS Walk-in Centre providing similar services to those of A & E (excludes emergency treatment given elsewhere in the hospital)
  • If you are employed in an EEA country and contribute to compulsory UK national insurance (class I or II)
  • If you are a national of an EEA country, a refugee, or survivor living in an EEA country, for specified treatment with an EC form E112

If you do not fit into any of these exemption categories, then you will be charged for the full cost of the treatment you receive, including emergency treatment, given by staff at the hospital.

If you are not covered by any of the exemption categories then it is recommended that you ensure you have adequate health insurance to cover the period of time that you are in the UK.

For a list of EEA countries, go to:  https://www.gov.uk/claim-benefits-abroad/where-you-can-claim-benefits

For information about accessing NHS services, see:
http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/uk-visitors/Pages/accessing-nhs-services.aspx

For information from the Citizens Advice, go to:
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/healthcare/help-with-health-costs/nhs-charges-for-people-from-abroad/

If you wish to receive treatment in another European State and want to know if the costs will be met, go to: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=569

International patients – sponsored or self-funding

Private treatment is available to international patients at many of the UK’s major hospitals, and they have offices and administration staff who can help and advise about this.

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November 2015