Visiting the United Kingdom
The Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) we have with the United Kingdom (UK) may cover some of your medical costs in the UK public health system.
The agreement we have with the United Kingdom (UK) may cover some of your medical costs in the UK public health system.
It must be:
- medically necessary care that can’t wait till you get home
- in the National Health Service (NHS) system
- within 6 months after you arrive
Most NHS services are free. You’ll still pay fees for some things, such as medicine.
If you get private care you’ll pay the full cost.
- care from an NHS doctor or nurse at a GP surgery - you need to register there as an NHS patient
- care in a public ward of an NHS hospital
- out-patient care at an NHS hospital
- ambulance travel to an NHS hospital or other NHS facilities
- prescription medicine if the doctor treats you as an NHS patient - there’s a small fee for this
What it doesn’t cover
It doesn’t cover:
- non-subsidised medicine from pharmacies
- prescription medicines if you’re not an NHS patient
- any dental services
Your travel insurance may cover these and other extra costs.
What to do
Ask for care as an NHS patient. Be ready to show your passport and Medicare card.
You don’t need to join the NHS. Doctors can register and treat anyone as a visitor but can refuse with reason.
Health care can vary in parts of the UK. Read about NHS cover in:
Page last updated: 21 August 2018