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Health Services: EC Nationals

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net cost or benefit to the UK was of reciprocal arrangements for reimbursing the costs of treatment of EU citizens treated in other member states (a) in total and (b) in respect of each member state in the most recent year for which figures are available. (123506)

The table shows, in resource terms, the estimated net costs to the United Kingdom of the European Union reciprocal arrangements for health care. These are net health care claims estimated in accordance with existing arrangements under the regulations. These figures reflect the fact that more people go abroad (to work, retire or go on holiday) than come to the UK.

Estimated net claims by other European Economic Area member states during 2005

In sterling (Thousand)

Country

2005

Total

433,441

Austria

2,304

Belgium

776

Cyprus

3,570

France

64,154

Germany

5,103

Greece

-219

Ireland

280,304

Italy

976

Malta

1,713

Netherlands

3,047

Portugal

1,142

Spain

68,972

Sweden

-37

Switzerland

1,636

Notes:

1. The information is compiled in line with the requirements of “Government Accounting 2000” and National Audit Office (NAO) and used for Resource Accounting and Budgeting (RAB) purpose during 2005-06.

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

3. Any necessary additional resource adjustments would be included in future years e.g. other new member states.

4. We have waiver arrangements with a number of member states which means they have agreed to bear the costs of each other’s insured persons, for example Denmark and Luxembourg.