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Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been claimed from the NHS by each other EU member state through the European Health Insurance Card and its predecessors in each of the last 11 years. (249786)

The following table shows the amounts claimed by other European Economic Area (EEA) member states for each of the last seven calendar claim years. Comparable information prior to 2002 is not available. The amounts are combined claims for temporary visitors (via European Health Insurance Cards), posted workers (via E106 forms) and referrals for treatment in other EEA countries (via E112 forms) as, due to the nature of the claims system between member states, it is not possible to disaggregate this data. The figures in the table reflect the fact that EEA medical costs are typically submitted by EEA member states (including the United Kingdom) one to three, and sometimes more, years in arrears.

Claims submitted under Article 93 of European Union Regulation (EEC) No 574/72initial claim values (£ equivalent) by calendar claim year

Country

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Austria

1,172,251

2,339,976

2,145,908

2,547,612

805,131

2,183,936

1,860,261

Belgium

2,108,806

2,421,236

2,634,767

3,234,954

2,613,249

2,549,536

Bulgaria

26,241

Cyprus

216,881

637,948

855,376

430,401

247,083

Czech Republic

60,298

163,900

201,815

248,298

Finland

15,250

2,135

17,850

3,596

France

19,137,205

21,314,986

24,789,881

27,101,124

29,743,752

36,314,550

18,674,600

Germany

829,117

4,816,906

6,689,242

5,916,745

7,715,155

7,810,500

5,633,498

Greece

100,465

219,116

61,623

448,216

180,168

80,628

Iceland

11,401

12,166

24,130

20,588

71,607

20,203

48,967

Ireland

9,666,772

11,499,116

12,860,659

13,505,505

14,257,564

16,644,929

17,489,362

Italy

2,375,970

2,434,080

3,094,296

1,422,850

2,972,547

5,969,795

1,103,060

Latvia

1,091

2,185

Liechtenstein

2,744

1,261

4,937

2,819

3,230

2,000

Lithuania

1,881

5,991

6,698

13,458

3,305

Luxembourg

Netherlands

2,891,042

2,858,199

172,691

1,790

5,893

3,203,987

1,725,064

Norway

Poland

41,387

182,700

403,405

700,080

642,496

Portugal

497

Romania

2,079

Slovakia

2,512

34,775

108,263

96,561

302,208

Slovenia

27,428

103,391

131,670

112,358

Spain

9,472,037

10,510,499

11,145,121

12,977,105

15,218,396

13,352,421

640,674

Sweden

1,083,178

576,989

1,170,164

1,040,404

1,195,799

1,053,430

565,681

Switzerland

256,189

1,591,425

2,581,536

2,666,880

3,425,678

3,584,290

3,266,491

Notes:

1. Under European Union regulations claims are made on a calendar year basis. Totals for each calendar year are based on claims submitted to date.

2. £ equivalent amounts are based on European Union quarterly exchange rates for conversion of currencies for the application period January, February and March 2009.

3. The total for Ireland for 2008 is an estimate based on a trend projection. Totals for Ireland for 2008 and previous years are currently subject to a joint review with Ireland.