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The following treatment provided by the UK's National Health Service (NHS) is free for everyone, there are no fees:
- accident and emergency services (but not follow-up treatment, or admission as an in-patient to hospital)
- family planning services
- diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- diagnosis and treatment of certain infectious diseases
- treatment of conditions caused by torture, female genital mutilation, domestic violence or sexual violence (provided you did not come to the UK for the specific purpose of seeking such treatment)
- compulsory psychiatric treatment or treatment that has been ordered by a court
- treatment in prison or immigration detention
For other hospital treatment, there are fees for 'overseas visitors'. You are an 'overseas visitor' if you have a time limit on your immigration permission for the UK.
Groups who do not pay NHS fees:
- You paid the immigration health surcharge for your current period of immigration permission.
- You are protected because you applied for your current period of immigration permission before the immigration health surcharge was introduced on 6 April 2015.
- You have a right to hospital treatment free of charge because of European law.
- You are a national of Australia or New Zealand and have immigration permission to be in the UK.
- You are a British Overseas Territory citizen who is resident in the Falkland Islands.
- You have been granted or have made an application for asylum, humanitarian protection, temporary protection, or you are a child who is looked after by a local authority.
- You are a member of the UK's regular or reserve armed forces
- You are a baby aged 3 months or less, you were born in the UK to a parent who is exempt from hospital fees because the parent fits into group 1 or 2 above, and you (the baby) have not left the UK since birth.
f you are an 'overseas visitor' and are not in one of the groups who are exempt from paying fees, you will be charged a high rate for any hospital treatment you receive (150% of the usual 'tariff'). You should make sure you have private health insurance from the beginning of your stay.
Find out more here.
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