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Health Services: Tourism

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals requiring medical treatment whilst on holiday abroad over the last five years. (150952)

We do not keep records about people treated outside Europe and no estimates have been made. We do know the costs of people treated under the European Union social security coordinating regulations. However the claims received from member states cover a number of different categories of people and to separate out temporary visitors could be done only at disproportionate cost.