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European Community (Reciprocal Medical Care)

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the arrangements for medical care for United Kingdom citizens on visits to EEC countries.

I would like to see the arrangements extended, as the United Kingdom has been pressing for some time, to cover the self and non-employed. The Council of Ministers, on 22 November 1979, took note of progress and indicated agreement in principle subject to the solution of some outstanding problems.

Persons covered by the regulations are entitled to treatment from the sickness insurance scheme of the other EEC country on exactly the same terms as insured people of that country. Consequently the arrangements vary from country to country and differ from those to which citizens are accustomed in using the NHS in this country. Generally, they work well but if the hon. Member has a particular case in mind and will let me know I shall look into it.