"Price Gouging"

About: Hillingdon Hospital

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My wife who is foreign born (I am English) is giving birth in September, whether we will get our residence visa yet is unclear. The NHS advises that hospitals can, if the patient is on a visitor visa, at their discretion croup costs, but not seek a profit. This is quite clearly stated in the relevant regulations/advisory papers. However, when I enquired about the possible costs I was quoted over 5000 pounds just for the birth and 9000 pounds if there were any complications. This is not only comparable to private costs but over twice the costs quoted by other hospitals in the region. Either Hillingdon is just remarkably inefficient or they are running a private service by stealth. Just shocking. Either way I think safe to say that patient care is not at the forefront of their priorities.

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Response from Hillingdon Hospital

Thank you for providing feedback on your experience with us highlighting your concerns regarding the cost of the provision of maternity care for overseas visitors. We value all comments sent to us and look at ways of incorporating them in helping to improve the patient’s experience. The Hillingdon Hospital’s Maternity service does not offer private care as an option. However we have a process that, for any overseas patient not entitled to receive free NHS care, enables us to legally reclaim the costs of any treatment or care provided. Although this may appear expensive, it allows us to continue to provide care to all, regardless of status. Although the Trust sets its own tariff for this service we will undertake a review of the costs to ensure they are in line with current recommendations. We wish you both well for the future.

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