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Treatment Abroad

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those countries where NHS patients have been sent for treatment in the last five years. [116683]

Patients can be referred for treatment abroad under the European Union-wide health care coordination regulations (the E112-scheme) or through direct referral from their national health service trust.In the last five years, NHS patients have been referred under the El 12 referral arrangements to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.Under the direct referral scheme, patients have received treatment in France, Germany and Belgium.