As per Government Guidelines HSC1999/018, overseas visitors will likely be charged as per the rate displayed in reception for private consultations. A copy of the full Guidelines is available to read from reception.
These rules are rather complex, although a lot more lenient than many other countries. If in any doubt expect to be charged.
In the main, to get free NHS treatment you need to fulfill one of the following:
- Have a Life/Death, Emergency that was not due to a pre existing condition
- Be Ordinarily and legally resident – usually this means you’ve been in the UK, Working Legally (with a visa) for more than 6 months
Free Treatment does not depend on a British Passport, National Insurance, tax, colour or language.