If you are thinking about going abroad to have medical treatment funded by the NHS or Health and Social Care Board, you need to discuss your plans with your doctor first.
Your doctor will refer you to your local health commissioner, who will advise you about the options available to you:
- In England, this is your local clinical commissioning group (CCG) or NHS England.
- In Wales, local health boards and the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) are local commissioners.
- In Scotland, this is your NHS Board.
- In Northern Ireland, this is your Health and Social Service Board.
If you are going to a European Economic Area (EEA) country or to Switzerland, there are two ways to apply for NHS funding. You can either apply using an S2 form or under Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, also known as the EU Directive. There are important differences between these two ways of applying. Your health commissioner will advise you about which is the most suitable for you. If you are paying for treatment privately, you will not need to apply for funding.