Free services

Whenever you plan on immigrating to a new country, getting appropriate health coverage should be on the top of your list of things to do.  If you would like to know more about the health coverage you can avail as an immigrant, contact  advised immigration solicitors in London. GP consultation with nurses in primary care, treatment provided by GPs, and other primary care services are free whether you enroll as an NHS patient with GP or receive NHS services as a temporary patient. Temporary patients include the patients who have to reside in the UK for more than 24 hours and less than the period of 3 months.

Similar to secondary care services, the UK healthcare system is community-based. This means you must be legally residing in the UK to be eligible for free health care.

The settlement rate used by the UK to determine if an individual is eligible for free NHS free health care is called ‘normal accommodation’. Immigrants from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), usually living in the UK, also require ‘permanent leave’ status.

Patients who are not residents of the UK, have to pay for their treatments while they are on the stay of the UK. However, some services and individuals are exempt from payment.

Government guidelines on national health care rules and foreign hospital fee regulations currently define NHS services for free (unless traveling to the UK for medical treatment), regardless of the country of the foreign tourist. These services include:

  • Emergency and emergency services such as A&E departments, admissions, minor injury centers, or emergency care centers (excluding emergency services provided after admission or subsequent appointments as an appointed patient) must be made if the visitor is not offshore)
  • Services provided for the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, including TB and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
  • HNHS services are provided for COVID-19 screening, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Family planning services (does not include abortion or birth control)
  • Creation services for physical or mental health due to abuse, gynecological disability, domestic violence
  • Palliative care services provided by a registered palliative care organization or public interest company.

Fees for immigration

Since April 6, 2015, EEA non-residents are required to pay an additional immigration fee when applying for a UK residence permit for more than 6 months, unless otherwise excluded.

From 1 January 2021, EEAs and Swiss people will also have to pay exorbitant immigration fees to stay in the UK for more than 6 months.

Individuals who have paid high taxes (or are not exempt from payment or have not had their exemption removed) can apply to the NHS as regular residents while their visa is still valid. They still have to pay for some NHS services, including teaching, dental care, and supportive pregnancy services.

The maximum fee for student and visa mobility scheme visas is £470 per year.

Some individuals are exempt from paying high taxes, including:

  • Those who seek asylum or apply for protection (or dependents)
  • Victims of human trafficking (or dependents)
  • The Home Office applies for a Domestic Violence Permit (or for their guardians)
  • Making them leave the UK forcefully will violate their basic rights as per Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Holders of tourist visas and those with visas of less than six months are required to pay for any health care services if not excluded.

Take a look at the health facilities offered and the costs you have to pay while you are applying for immigration.

Health Coverage For Hospital Treatment

Hospital treatments are free of cost for all UK residents. The services provided are not based on nationality, UK tax payment, national insurance contributions, registration with the GP, having an NHS number, or having property in the UK.

By April 6, 2015, non-EEA immigrant nationals can enter the country on permanent leave to receive treatment and rehabilitation to be considered ordinary citizens.

The immigration control does not apply to EEA family members even if they come from outside of the UK.

Certain individuals who are considered UK residents (‘foreign visitors’) may be exempt from NHS hospital treatment fees under current law.

All patients except for free treatment will be charged for NHS treatment. Full payment in advance of treatment is required when the doctor considers the need for urgent treatment (i.e. we can expect the patient to return to the country of residence). When the doctor considers urgent or urgent treatment, it is provided even if the patient does not pay in advance and the patient is asked to pay later.