Date lodged: 30 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of which overseas patients are eligible for free primary care checks and care under the new GP contract.
Answered by: Jeane Freeman 22 August 2018
Under the general medical services contract all overseas visitors are eligible to register as patients of a general practice and receive free treatment.
It is a long-standing principle that everybody in Scotland is entitled to register with a general medical practice and receive primary medical services without charge. Patients should register on a permanent or temporary basis depending upon on their length of stay in a practice area and not upon their legal status to remain in the UK. GPs are paid for this work as with any other patient.