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Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS (a) was entitled to reclaim and (b) has reclaimed for health care carried out on UK citizens in other countries with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement in the last 12-month period for which figures are available; (308380)

(2) how much has been reclaimed by the NHS for healthcare carried out in England in respect of nationals of other countries with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement in the last 12-month period for which figures are available.

The United Kingdom does not claim reimbursement for UK citizens treated in other countries on the basis of bilateral health care agreements, as the costs are incurred in the country that provided the health care, and not in the UK.

Similarly, countries with which the UK has a bilateral health care agreement do not claim reimbursement from the UK for treatment provided in the UK to their citizens, as the costs are incurred in the UK, and not in the citizen’s home country.

European regulations provide for the UK to reclaim costs from the European economic area and Switzerland for health care provided to their citizens, and vice versa.