Revealed: True cost of health tourism to Leeds

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HOSPITALS IN Leeds are owed almost £1m in unpaid bills from overseas visitors not entitled to free NHS treatment.

An investigation from the Yorkshire Evening Post has found that the Leeds 
Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is from foreign patients who have failed to pay back.

Over the past four years, 458 patients f not entitled to free treatment have been treated by medics, racking up £1.6m in costs.

Comparatively little has been recouped, however, and the outstanding debt now stands at £964,699.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust insists it is working hard to claw cash back.

“The trust takes a rigorous approach to collection of debt incurred by overseas visitors,” a spokesman told the Yorkshire Evening Post.