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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17911: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of how GPs should check the eligibility of overseas visitors to free NHS care, and whether they are able to charge a fee for overseas visitors not entitled to free NHS care under the new GP contract.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 21 August 2018

All overseas visitors are eligible to register as temporary or permanent patients of a general practice and receive free treatment. As such, GPs do not need to check the eligibility of overseas visitors to free NHS care and, as under the previous contract, are not able to charge a fee for services provided under a general medical services contract.

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.