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Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the largest (a) single and (b) aggregate claim for NHS treatment made by a carrier of a European Health Insurance Card was in each of the last 10 years; (280858)

(2) how much of the sums paid by the Government to other EU member states under the provisions of the European Health Insurance Card arose from treatment in each NHS trust in each of the last 10 years.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) allows the holder to access treatment that becomes necessary during a visit to another European Economic Area member state, not in the home state itself. Therefore the sums paid by the United Kingdom to another member state in respect of the EHIC, relate to treatment provided in that member state, rather than by the national health service.