Soldiers were entitled to free treatment in accordance with Army Regs. para 63 of 1938. However, those admitted to hospital with a condition for which they were to blame were charged 1s 6d a day or 9d in the case of boys. Those certified by a medical officer to have an illness that was the result of an offense under the Army Act were charged similar rates.
Local troops such as the Royal Malta Artillery or the King's Own Malta Regiment were also charged 10 1/2d and boys 8d if they were judged responsible for their illness.
Soldiers' wives accepted into Military Families' Hospitals, if on the married establishment and admitted on account of illness, paid nothing. However, if admitted for confinement, they were charged a shilling a day to a maximum of a pound. They were charged for confinement because pregnant women received treatment at a cost to the state at a time when they were receiving full maternity allowances.
Wives of soldiers not on the married establishment were charged a shilling a day for ordinary illness. If admitted for confinement they were charged a shilling a day subject to a maximum of a pound.
Members of the QAIMNS were treated free. No charge was made for children of soldiers on the married establishment. Children not on the married establishment were charged a shilling a day. They were only treated free if they had an infectious disease so as to safeguard the troops from infection.
Officers paid different rates. They were not charged for their first day of in-patient treatment. Officers on full pay were charged 2s 6d a day, but were exempt if their incapacity was caused by service in the field. Officers on half-pay were charged three different daily rates:
- Those admitted on account of wounds or illness contracted in the field paid the sum fixed as the higher rate of ration allowance without the meat element.
- Those admitted on account of wounds or illness not contracted in the field but due to military service paid 2s 6d in addition to the above rate of ration allowance.
- The charge for an officer admitted to a military hospital when he was not normally eligible for treatment from military sources, was 12 shillings a day.
- Non-entitled officers admitted to the Queen Alexandra Hospital Millbank paid a special charge of 23 shillings a day.