Treatment for overseas visitors

This page will help you find information about your entitlement to cancer treatment in the UK if you're visiting or moving to the UK.

NHS cancer treatment

Whether you can claim free NHS treatment depends on why you're in UK and how long you've been here. 

You may need to pay for part of your treatment but you may be entitled to claim benefits to help with these costs.

Refugees, asylum seekers and victims of modern slavery are entitled to free cancer care on the NHS.

There is lots of information about accessing NHS care when you're visiting, or moving to the UK on the .

Private healthcare

Private cancer care in the UK is available to anyone who can afford it.

Talk to your doctor about whether private care in the UK is right for you. They can recommend a consultant and make a referral if you decide to go ahead.

Private cancer care can be very expensive and you should also consider daily living and accommodation costs when making a decision.

Former UK residents returning to the UK

If you have previously been a UK resident, and decide to return to UK to live you will usually be entitled to free treatment from the date you return. 

You’ll need to prove you’re intending to stay in the UK, and that you have a UK address.

You may need to show proof that you no longer have a permanent address overseas.

Maggie's is here with you

Our cancer support specialists, benefits advisors and psychologists are here listen to your concerns and can help you find the support you need.

Last review: Oct 2021 | Next review: Oct 2022

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