NHS intensifies law on debts of health treatmens
If you have debt related to the payment of any health care by the NHS and intends to apply for extension of visa, British citizenship, or some immigration service, stay tuned. The British government has intensified supervision on these debts acquired from October 31, 2011. With two new paragraphs added to the Immigration Act, the British government began to consider these charges as part of “discretionary” in the event of denial of visas.
According to the British Secretary of State, any amount over one thousand pounds non-paid to public health service and notified by any service linked to the NHS will be considered by the Home Office as relevant to the denial of a visa application or immigration. In the case of debts prior to October 2011, the document asserts that the Secretary of State may not be aware of their existence, in which case the current law does not apply. However, the agency is working to make a survey of all debts, and from there the law will be applied to all cases. In other words, if the foreigner intends to stay longer in the UK not worth to take the risk, since it may have complications in the future. This law applies to the visa`s renewal of student, a husband/wife, work, temporary stay to live in the country, which means, for virtually all types of Visas.
The NHS covers many health services, as well as accident and emergency (A & E), infectious diseases (HIV only the first diagnosis and counselling are free), mandatory psychiatric treatment and family planning services. If your treatment is not included in these categories, the NHS has complete freedom to charge for the treatment. Permanent residents in the United Kingdom and the low-income residents, in turn, can benefit from some free extra treatments, such as drugs prescription, dental care, sight tests and vouchers for the purchase of Spectacle. The same applies to asylum seekers whose applications are in the process, to legal residents in the last 12 months, and diplomats in service.
Also some categories of visitors can have free health care. This is the case of people from EU countries, or countries with which the UK has bilateral health agreement. For people with temporary permission to reside in the United Kingdom (known as limited leave to remain), NHS care is free as well. They can also register with a GP (General Practice) closest to their home. For further information just visit the website of the NHS – www.nhs.uk – or contact NHS Direct by phone – 0845 4647. In case of any emergency, ambulance requests must be made by lines 999 or 112. These calls are free from any phone, including cell phones.