Overseas students to get free UK health care
- By: Upasana Tayal
Under new proposals announced by the government, overseas students on a full time course of study in England and Wales will be exempt from NHS charges.
Currently overseas students who study at a recognised educational establishment are not exempt. In the consultation document published by the Department of Health, health minister John Hutton outlined plans aimed at ensuring that the NHS remains first and foremost for the benefit of those living in the United Kingdom, including foreign students.
He says: “The UK welcomes such students and actively encourages them to come here. However, the lack of clarity [about NHS charges] could be a disincentive to some students who might otherwise want to come to England and Wales, particularly since the Scottish Parliament has exempted overseas students. We therefore propose introducing a new exemption category for overseas students who are studying in the UK on a full time course of study