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S5W-20837: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many non-EU citizens have (a) presented, (b) been treated and (c) been charged for NHS treatment in the last 12 months, broken down by NHS board, and how much each board has received for providing this treatment.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 17 January 2019

The information requested is not held centrally by the Scottish Government. The request for this information should be directed to NHS Boards.

NHS treatment will be provided to everyone in Scotland who requires to receive treatment, and this will be based on medical assessment and prioritisation.

Under Section 2(1) of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Regulations 1989, as amended, NHS Boards are required to identify and assess whether charges apply for overseas visitors requiring NHS treatment. Where charges apply, the Regulations require that NHS Boards seek to recover the costs.