Are you from abroad, and wish to know whether you are entitled to free treatment under the National Health Service? Whether you are entitled to free NHS treatment and care depends solely on the length and purpose of your residence in the UK and not your nationality.
There may be charges for some NHS services, for example, dental treatment and prescriptions but you may be entitled to help with these charges depending on your circumstances.
Free NHS treatment does not count as recourse to public funds and does not affect a persons immigration status. However outstanding bills for treatment may affect your immigration status.
Some hospital treatment is free of charge for everyone who needs it, regardless of their status in the UK. This is:-
From 1st October 2012 all charges for HIV treatment for anyone who is resident in the UK, regardless of their residence status, will be abolished. However non-HIV NHS treatment may still be chargeable, unless it can be directly linked to your HIV.
Find on out more on the Department of Health website.
From 1st October 2012 all charges for HIV treatment for anyone who is resident in the UK, regardless of their residence status, will be abolished.
However non-HIV NHS treatment may still be chargeable, unless it can be directly linked to your HIV. Find out more.
Although it can be extremely alarming to receive a bill for thousands of pounds of hospital treatment, you may be able to negotiate a realistic solution with the hospital.
It's important that you continue to take your treatment and here are some things you can do in the meantime:
Mistakes are sometimes made – you may be entitled to free treatment, but are still sent a bill. Contact THT Direct for confidential advice.
Download Will I have to pay? for further details.
There are many different rules concerning entitlement to free NHS hospital treatment. Here are some of the main rules, however if they do not apply to you, it is advisable to contact either THT Direct or NHS Direct for further advice as there are many more.
A person who is not ordinarily resident in the UK is entitled to receive free NHS hospital treatment, including non-emergency treatment and treatment for pre-existing conditions, if s/he:-
From 1 October 2012 all charges for HIV treatment for anyone who is resident in the UK, regardless of their residence status, will be abolished.
However non-HIV NHS treatment may still be chargeable, unless it can be directly linked to your HIV. Find out more on the Department of Health website.
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Hi I am a Uk citizen wishing to go live in spain.
I would like to know how i go about getting my medication abroad if i do that.
I want a new start new life and wont be earning a fortune as only working 3 days and renting a place with a friend.
Is it illegal to keep popping home to the uk for my medication and how do I get it in spain if it is.
Thanks for any help david
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