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Expatriate Medical Care

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was transferred to other European Union governments to cover the cost of medical care for British expatriates in each year since 2001. (114360)

The national health service is responsible for providing healthcare cover only for those British expatriates who are entitled to an exportable social security benefit under the terms of Regulations (EEC) 1408/71 and 574/72.

The table shows, in resource terms, the estimated costs of healthcare cover provided to persons insured in the UK and residing in other EEA member states or Switzerland under the terms of Regulations (EEC) 1408/71 and 574/72. These are estimated claims in according with existing arrangements under the Regulation 574/72.

Lump sum claims (£000)

2001

205,200

2002

254,800

2003

327,200

2004

383,500

2005

408,100

Notes:

1. The information is compiled in line with the requirements of “Government Accounting 2000” and the National Audit Office (NAO) and were used for resource accounting and budgeting (RAB) purposes during 2005-06.

2. Figures are in thousands and rounded to the nearest thousand.

3. Lump sums claims are mainly for the UK state pensioners residing in other member state