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NHS patients being asked for credit card details prior to receiving treatment?

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Independent Scotland - the debate continues.

Has anyone living/working in England heard of, or experienced, NHS patients being asked for credit card details prior to receiving treatment? Any thoughts on this and why it might happen?

Edited by NRSKarenRN

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

And this has what to do with Scotland?

Anyway many if not all UK citizens or residents that pay towards the NHS via taxes or NI contributions are fed up with people coming to the UK and expecting free treatment that they would have to pay for in their own country. The NHS has been strict in recovering those costs but now they have no choice because a lot of NHS trusts are in financial difficulties

The reason I ask is that there are claims being made that this is happening to UK citizens, not foreign nationals, by certain factions within the referendum debate. This has a great deal to do with those of us living and working in Scotland as we try to sort the truth from the lies being bandied about by both 'Yes' and 'No' camps.

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 33 years experience.

Until the referendum has gone through I doubt UK citizens regardless on where they live within England Ireland Scotland and Wales will will be asked for credit card . However if they live outside the UK they may be asked credit card details as they no onger pay into the NHS

XB9S, BSN, MSN, EdD, RN, APN

Specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery. Has 33 years experience.

Not heard of this at all, can't see how it would be appropriate as NHS is free at point of care to UK nationals

GrumpyRN, NP

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 39 years experience.

The reason I ask is that there are claims being made that this is happening to UK citizens, not foreign nationals, by certain factions within the referendum debate.

Where are these claims being made, please supply reference.

I live and work in Scotland. Never heard of this and don't where it comes from. Probably some kind of scaremongering.

K+MgSO4, BSN

Specializes in Surgical, quality,management. Has 12 years experience.

We do it in Australia, in a fashion. If the pt is not entitled to a reciprocal agreement or have the health insurance that they should as part of their visa requirements we ask for payment if it a non life threatening issue patient billing also follows up with the department of immigration and the tax office any outstanding money is withheld from any tax returns due.