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Government is set to miss target to recoup £500m from treating overseas visitors

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5823 (Published 28 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5823
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The government is unlikely to meet its target to recover £500m (€560m; $610m) a year from the cost of treating overseas visitors who are not entitled to free NHS hospital treatment by 2017-18, the National Audit Office has concluded.1

The Department of Health in England launched a programme in 2014 to extend the scope of charging for overseas patients and implement existing regulations more effectively to tackle concerns that the NHS was “overly generous” to overseas visitors.2

In a progress report, the NAO found that the total amount of income identified had almost trebled since the start of the scheme, from £97m …

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