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Health Services: Foreign Nationals

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL1648, tabled on 11 July 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the Immigration Health Surcharge has reduced the impact of non-British citizens using the National Health Service; and how they have made this assessment.

Answered on

5 August 2022

The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) raised £480.82 million in 2020/21; and £1,423 million in 2021/22. This relates to income collected by the Home Office through visa applications for the United Kingdom. The information requested on the distribution of this income specifically for the National Health Service in England, other Departments and public bodies is not held in the format requested. A proportion of net IHS income is allocated to the Department of Health and Social Care with other income sources for expenditure on health services by NHS England and other organisations, such as local authorities. However, there is no central record of the proportion of IHS income received by NHS and non-NHS organisations.

No specific assessment of the impact of the IHS on non-British citizens’ use of the NHS has been made. Those who pay the IHS have the same entitlement to NHS care as those ordinally resident in the United Kingdom, with the exception of assisted conception services.