It's hard to see how the NHS will be able to cope with the extra practical and administrative burden of implementing this new plan.
NHS hospitals in England will have a legal duty to charge overseas patients upfront for non-urgent care if they are not eligible for free treatment. From April this year, foreign patients could be refused operations unless they cover their costs in advance. NHS Improvement, which oversees the trusts, said hospitals would no longer have to chase money they are owed. Emergency treatment will continue to be provided and invoiced later.