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What are the rules for treating overseas patients?

The BMA has issued guidance on the treatment of foreign visitors by GPs - The rules have not changed but the interpretation has.  

This apparently followed MP complaints about charging to NHSE, involvement of NHSE lawyers and double checking of NHSE conclusions by BMA lawyers.

If requested, GPs are supposed to provide NHS care to any foreign visitor. The BMA has provided further information on the website

LLR LMC is lobbying on your behalf to make sure that the national policy for treatment of overseas residents is adequately resourced. The GPC have recognised this and the policy is under consultation. 

In order to assist practices to have a consistent approach to registration and providing treatment to overseas visitors, we have developed a FAQ document and a suggested outline that practices may wish to adopt (see attached).

Updated on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 1505 views

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