Policy responses for United Kingdom - HSRM

United Kingdom

Policy responses for United Kingdom

4.2 Entitlement and coverage

The NHS provides universal coverage for all necessary screening and treatment to all people ordinarily resident in the country. Services are free of charge at the point of use. Screening has been available to all who meet the case definition, as has isolation assistance for those unable to self-isolate (e.g. temporary visitors from overseas), but cover of their treatment costs is less clear. It is also unclear what the costs would be or how they would be determined for someone not ordinarily resident in the UK as the system as a whole is not well geared up for billing and in an emergency, clinical staff would not prioritise ascertaining eligibility or ability to pay. The surcharge for non-residents using the NHS will also rise in October, which will likely affect many NHS and social care workers who may not be able to afford this.