Hospital treatment is free to people classed as 'ordinarily resident' in the UK.
This is not dependent on nationality, payment of UK taxes, National Insurance (NI) contributions, being registered with a GP, having an NHS Number, or owning property in the UK.
To be considered ordinarily resident, and entitled to free hospital treatment, you must be living in the UK on a lawful and properly settled basis for the time being – you may be asked to prove this.
Non-EEA nationals who are subject to immigration control are not classed as ordinarily resident unless they have indefinite leave to remain.
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