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Health Services: Overseas Visitors

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether EU citizens are entitled to free hospital care and treatment in circumstances where admission to hospital is non-elective as the need for admission and treatment was unforeseen prior to the patient’s entry into the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. (309432)

Residents of the European economic area and Switzerland visiting the United Kingdom (UK) are entitled, free of charge, to all necessary national health service hospital treatment.

Under European regulations, where visitors carry a valid European Health Insurance Card the UK can then reclaim the cost of that treatment from the citizen’s home member state.