Providing treatment for patients from abroad
Basic information relating to the eligibility for primary care treatment for visitors from overseas contained in Health Service Circular HSC 1999/018 is now out of date.
GPs have discretion to register visitors as patients for NHS services, and if someone is refused registration this must be on non-discriminatory grounds.
Current official guidelines are contained in the consultation document contained on this link:
Official guidance has recently changed and members should refer to the patients from Abroad protocol in the Protocols Library (link below):
Official Department of Health policy is on this link
in Annex 4
Providing treatment for patients from abroad (Scotland)
Scottish Government guidance
There is a draft Patients from abroad (entitlements to treatment) procedure in the Patient & Community Services index of the Members Library. If you are not a Member, have a look at the information about the benefits of membership and how to subscribe.
Asylum seekers and refugees
Information about providing treatment for asylum seekers and refugees - GO