The NHS is a residency based health service which means that UK residents contribute through the tax system, and receive care free at the point of delivery.
NHS resources are valuable and limited and therefore we can not guarantee non-urgent NHS treatment to you if you are not ordinarily resident or exempt under the Regulations. Charges may apply for any hospital treatment you receive which cannot be waived.
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is required by the Department of Health to establish whether patients are entitled to free treatment. Our staff will ask for evidence of your eligibility for free NHS care. Further information can be found here.
If you are a legal resident of a country within the European Union, then you will need to provide your current and valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Provisional Replacement Card (PRC) upon attending the hospital. Failure to provide your valid card may require you to pay for your treatment. You will be able to claim this back from your home country once you return home.
Medical treatment provided outside of an accident and emergency setting in the United Kingdom is not free. At the point of admission from A&E into another area of the hospital charges apply.
Emergency admission / treatment may be given in other areas that are not covered by A&E and these are chargeable from the point of arrival:
In a lifesaving situation treatment is provided prior to payment but charges may still apply.
Charges will be made to patients in line with NHS national tariffs where appropriate.
A deposit of 95% of the estimated cost of treatment is required prior to treatment commences.
The Trust will take a rigorous approach to collection of debt incurred by overseas visitors, which may include using a third party debt collection agency and registration of the debt with to the UK Border Agency. This may affect the patient’s ability to travel within or to the UK or gain visas in the future. All patients will be made aware of this.
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
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