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Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

Volume 461: debated on Wednesday 20 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many E112 authorisations her Department issued in each year since 1997. (135878)

[pursuant to the reply, 18 May 2007, Official Report, c. 1016W]: Patients may receive treatment in other member states of the European Economic Area and in Switzerland through the E112 referral scheme, in accordance with Regulation (EEC) 1408/71. This Regulation coordinates the social security and healthcare schemes of the member states.

Information about patients from England, Scotland and Wales referred abroad using the E112 procedure is shown in the table (only figures from 1998 were readily available):

Number of E112s issued1998813199986120001,09920011,13920021,12020031,052200435320052282006357 Note: The drop in referrals from 2004 is due to the change in European Commission healthcare rules that took place that year. Since 1 June 2004, patients no longer need an E112 for the on-going care of pre-existing medical conditions. This is now covered on the European Health Insurance Card.