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European Health Insurance Cards

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many European health insurance cards were issued by her Department in 2005-06; and how many were issued to (a) UK nationals, (b) UK residents and (c) EU nationals. (115835)

The issue of European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) in the United Kingdom started in July 2005. Between this date and 31 March 2006 a total of 17 million cards were issued. EHICs are only issued to those eligible, such as UK residents and their dependants and in very specific circumstances to normally UK resident students studying in European Economic Area countries and some UK insured people working in other UK countries. This will include European Union nationals who are resident in the UK. Figures broken down by UK nationals, UK residents, and EU nationals are not available.