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The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Amendment Regulations 2012

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Amendment Regulations 2012 and come into force on 1st October 2012.

Amendments of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011

2.—(1) The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2011(1) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 2 (interpretation), in paragraph (1), omit the definition of “relevant period”.

(3) In regulation 6 (services exempted from charges), in sub-paragraph (e), omit the words “, but in the case of services which relate to infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, only to the extent that they consist of a diagnostic test for evidence of infection with the Virus and counselling associated with that test or its result”.

(4) In regulation 8 (overseas visitors exempt from charges – presence for work, study etc, or to settle), for paragraph (1) substitute—

(1) No charge may be made or recovered in respect of any relevant services provided to an overseas visitor who the relevant NHS body is satisfied would be present for any purpose specified in paragraph (2)—

(a)in the United Kingdom;

(b)in a designated area of the Continental Shelf;

(c)in or over any area of the Continental Shelf; or

(d)on a stationary structure within the territorial waters of the United Kingdom,

if that visitor was not present in England while being provided with the relevant services by that relevant NHS body..

(5) In regulation 23 (overseas visitors exempt from charges for treatment the need for which arose during the visit only), in paragraph (1), omit sub-paragraph (e).

(6) For regulation 24 (family members of overseas visitors) substitute—

24.(1) No charge may be made or recovered in respect of any relevant services provided to an overseas visitor who is a member of the family of another overseas visitor and is lawfully present in the United Kingdom if the other overseas visitor is exempt from charges under any of the following regulations—

(a)regulation 12 (human trafficking);

(b)regulation 15 (NATO forces);

(c)regulation 18 (Her Majesty’s United Kingdom Forces, Crown servants and others);

(d)regulation 20 (missionaries).

(2) No charge may be made or recovered in respect of any relevant services provided to an overseas visitor who is a member of the family of another overseas visitor and is lawfully present on a permanent basis with that other overseas visitor whilst that other overseas visitor is residing in or visiting the United Kingdom, if that other overseas visitor is exempt from charges under any of the following regulations—

(a)regulation 7 (lawful residence for 12 months);

(b)regulation 8 (presence for work, study etc, or to settle);

(c)regulation 9 (EU rights);

(d)regulation 11 (refugees, asylum seekers and children in care);

(e)regulation 14 (diplomats);

(f)regulation 16 (long term visits by United Kingdom pensioners);

(g)regulation 17 (war pensioners and armed forces compensation scheme payment recipients);

(h)regulation 19 (former residents working overseas);

(i)regulation 21 (prisoners and detainees);

(j)regulation 22 (employees on ships).

(3) No charge may be made or recovered in respect of any relevant services consisting of treatment the need for which arose during the visit, provided to an overseas visitor who is a member of the family of another overseas visitor and is lawfully present on a permanent basis with that other overseas visitor whilst that other overseas visitor is residing in or visiting the United Kingdom, if that other overseas visitor is exempt from charges under regulation 10 (reciprocal agreements), or regulation 23(1)(a) or (b) (treatment for needs arising).

(4) For the purposes of this regulation “member of the family of an overseas visitor” means—

(a)the spouse or civil partner of an overseas visitor; or

(b)a child in respect of whom an overseas visitor is a parent or legal guardian.

(5) None of the provisions of this regulation affect any entitlement which any member of the family of an overseas visitor may have to the provision of any relevant services by virtue of an enforceable EU right or any other exemption which they may be entitled to in their own right..

(7) Omit Schedule 3.

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Health.

Anne Milton

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health,

Department of Health

19th June 2012

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