A failure to identify those patients not entitled to free NHS care is costing Scotland’s health boards hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.

Holyrood’s health committee made the claim after figures showed NHS Scotland was owed more than £3.2m by overseas patients who had received treatment.

GPs are not required to note a person’s country of origin before treating them.

Only those people who are not “ordinarily resident” in the UK are charged for using NHS services.

The

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