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'Charges For Treatment'

Under the 1988 Road Traffic Act, NHS hospitals may charge drivers involved in road traffic accidents an Emergency Treatment Fee for any casualties requiring immediate treatment. The current charges are 21.30 for each person in the car who needs emergency treatment.

The driver would not usually be asked to pay at the time, but may receive a bill in the post. If you do have to pay these charges, make sure you get a receipt. You can claim the cost back from your vehicle insurance company.

Hospitals can also claim from insurers where casualties require longer term treatment. Hospitals can charge up to a maximum of 2,949 for those needing in patient care and up to 295 for out patient treatment. These charges are collected directly from insurers in cases where the insurer makes a payment to an injured third party.

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