U.K. to Increase Health Care Charges for non-British Patients

The U.K. will introduce legislation to increase National Health Service charges for foreign nationals by expanding the number of services that must be paid for and extending the list of those who are liable.

“Legislation will be introduced to ensure that overseas visitors pay for the health treatment they receive at public expense,” Queen Elizabeth II said in a speech to Parliament outlining the new program of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government.

The bill will aim to make recovery of costs “effective and efficient” and ensure fewer foreigners, including some European visitors, are eligible for free health care, according to a briefing note from Cameron’s office.

“Anyone who does not have a sufficiently close relationship with the U.K. would have to pay,” the briefing note said, without giving further details.

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