GREAT Ormond Street Children’s Hospital is owed nearly £46million by private foreign patients who have failed to pay.
Most of the unpaid cash is owed by governments and a report to the hospital’s trust board admits large chunks of the money may never be recovered.
Great Ormond Street Hospiat is owed nearly £46million by private foreign patients[/caption]
The debt figure has risen by a third to £45.9million this year, from just over £30million two years ago.
The hospital billed international private patients £62.3million in 2018-19, a rise of 9.1 per cent on the previous year.
Great Ormond Street is an NHS Hospital and uses the money from private international patients to help support its work.
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Despite the difficulty in getting foreigners to pay for their treatment, the trust also revealed ambitious international expansion plans, including “marketing road-shows” in China, Russia and India.
The hospital said it had not written off any debt in 2018-19, but is carrying out a review and some may never be repaid.
Chief executive Matthew Shaw said: “The income from this work is one way we support our services to improve and be as excellent as they can be.”
The NHS hospital uses the money from private international patients to help support its work[/caption]
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