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Providing treatment for patients from abroad

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for primary care treatment for visitors from overseas contained in Health Service Circular HSC 1999/018 is now out of date.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.

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Asylum seekers and refugees

Information about providing treatment for asylum seekers and refugees - GO