ECRI Institute, one of the leading patient safety and medical technology research organizations, places health technology cybersecurity at the top of its just-released 2019 Top 10 Health Technology Hazards.
Plans tabled to double the Immigration Health Surcharge
Proposals put before Parliament to double the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) could see the NHS receive an estimated £220 million in extra funding.
Since the surcharge was introduced in 2015 it has raised over £600 million. The latest plans would see the surcharge increase from £200 to £400 per year for non-EU nationals, with students and those on the Youth Mobility Scheme on the discounted rate of £300 per year. This would better reflect the cost to the NHS of treating those who pay the surcharge, as the Department for Health & Social Care estimate that the NHS spends £470 on average per person per year on treating those required to pay the surcharge.
Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said: “Our NHS is always there when you need it, paid for by British taxpayers. We welcome long-term migrants using the NHS, but the NHS is a national, not international health service and we believe it is right that they make a fair contribution to its long-term sustainability.
“I am pleased that we are a step closer to implementing the changes to the health surcharge, and the extra money raised will go directly towards sustaining and protecting our world-class healthcare system. It is only fair that people who come to the UK make a contribution to the running of the NHS, and even with the increase we still continue to offer a good deal on healthcare for those seeking to live in the UK temporarily.”
The increase is set to come into effect in December 2018 subject to Parliamentary approval.