[UK] Refugees and asylum seekers are wrongly sent NHS charges for 'tens of thousands' for healthcare
NHS hospitals are wrongly sending bills for as much as “tens of thousands of pounds” to asylum seekers and refugees in Bristol - and refusing some care upfront, it is claimed.
Asylum seekers and refugees are entitled to free healthcare in the UK.
But there are numerous anecdotes of vulnerable migrants receiving enormous bills for the treatment they have received and being refused hospital care not deemed “urgent or necessary”, according to support agencies in Bristol.
Some charging letters are being picked up and successfully challenged by local support agencies, but not before they have caused “a huge amount of stress and anguish” for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
Publication: Bristol Post
Writer: Amanda Cameron