The Practice doctors have a duty to provide free of charge treatment which they consider to be immediately necessary or emergency treatment to any person within the practice area, regardless of whether that patient is an overseas visitor or registered with the practice.
The definition of immediately necessary remains as a matter of doctor discretion and judgement but it is considered to include treatment not only of new conditions but also pre-existing conditions that have become exacerbated during the period of a person's stay in the UK.
If treatment is provided free of charge prescription charges are applicable under the usual rules.
Reciprocal arrangements including those from the EEA countries no longer apply in primary care.
Secondary Care/Hospital Treatment
Patients from overseas who are referred by a doctor to a secondary care provider are liable to be charged by the secondary care provider irrespective of whether the patient has been given treatment under the NHS or on a private basis by the GP.