Wednesday 28 February 2024
Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_7186

Date Request Received: 17/05/2023 00:00:00

Date Request Replied To: 29/06/2023 00:00:00

This response was sent via: By Email

Request Summary: NHS Charging of Overseas Visitors

Request Category: Private Individuals

Question Number 1:
I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, relating to the trusts implementation of the ‘NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015, as amended by the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020’, hereafter referred to as ‘the charging policy’.

The following requests relate to the expenditure and income generated from the 'charging policy', excluding any generated through private paying patients or monies claimed back from countries as part of any reciprocal healthcare arrangement.

As per the trusts application of the 'charging policy' for each financial year from 2015-2023 please provide (i) the total number of and (ii) the total value of:

(1a) Invoices generated

(1b) Payments received

(1c) Credit notes issued after a patient has been invoiced for care and later found to be eligible for free treatment

(1d) Invoices written off for accounting purposes due to a patient being considered destitute as per the conditions set out in 13.72 and 13.73 of the charging policy.

(1e) Debts passed onto debt collection agencies for recovery due to non-payment.

For each of the above requests from 1a to 1e inclusive, please provide a breakdown by speciality, department, or similar categorisation
Answer To Question 1:
1 (a-c) Please see attached exemption notice

1(d) Number – 28 Amount - £163k

1(e) Information not held
Question Number 2:

Please provide a breakdown by speciality, department, or similar categorisation of (i) the number of patients currently on a repayment plan with the trust for debt incurred under the charging policy and (ii) a breakdown by value of repayment - For example, the number of patients paying £1/month, £5/month, £10/month, etc. (see appendix 1 for example formatting).

(2a) Please also provide the number of patients who entered a new payment plan with the trust, for each financial year from 2015-2023.
Answer To Question 2:
Please see attached exemption notice
Question Number 3:

Please share any formal or informal criteria, policies, procedures, or similar the trust currently uses or has used from 2015 - 2023 to determine how:

(a) A patient's debt is managed

(b)The trust agrees upon the value of a patient's monthly repayment plan.
Answer To Question 3:

3(a) The Trust attempts to be paid in full at the time of treatment. If this is not possible it reviews the debt on an individual basis.

3(b) The Trust attempts to be paid in full at the time of the treatment. Any repayment plans are determined on an individual basis.
Question Number 4:
For each financial year from 2015-2023, please provide the total number of patients whose information has been shared with the Home Office in relation to a debt:

(a) Greater than £500 owed for more than 2 months

(b) Greater than £500 owed for less than 2 months

(c) Less than £500
Answer To Question 4:
We do not share information with the Home Office in relation to debt.
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