The Home Office has released the results of the public consultation on Access to Health Services for migrants in the UK, which was put out on 3 July 2013. One of the main things to note is that 69% of respondents did not feel that access should be based on permanent residence.
Despite this the reports states that the Government is seeking to limit access to health services for non-EEA. Temporary, non-EEA migrants, including those on a route to settlement in the UK, will be considered chargeable for healthcare. Migrants who are not otherwise exempt from charging (this includes groups such as asylum seekers, those with refugee or humanitarian protection status, and victims of human trafficking) will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge alongside an application for leave to enter or remain in the UK.
For more information about this visit http://www.migrantsrights.org.uk/news/2013/report-public-consultation-access-healthcare-migrants.