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Medical Treatments Abroad

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) E112 authorisations and (b) Article 49 authorisations for each type of treatment there have been in each year since 1998; (319931)

(2) how many patients have been referred abroad for each treatment in respect of which there were no facilities in the UK in each year since 1998.

A patient may be issued an E112 form and referred to another member state of the European Economic Area or Switzerland for treatment, if they would experience undue delay for that same treatment under their state health care system.

Alternatively, a patient may choose to access health care services in another member state under article 49 (now article 56 of the Lisbon treaty). The responsibility for authorising reimbursement of health costs under article 49 is devolved to primary care trusts, and there is no central collection of the data.

The following table shows the number of E112s, and the number of those that relate to maternity care, issued by the United Kingdom in the years 1998-2009. Member states have agreed that it is appropriate to issue the form E112 on a discretionary basis to expectant mothers who wish to give birth in another member state, regardless of capacity. Data relating to each specific treatment are held centrally, however to process the data and present them by treatment type would incur disproportionate cost.

Calendar year

E112s issued

Number of E112s relating to maternity care

1998

891

304

1999

994

291

2000

1,289

336

2001

1,266

369

2002

1,393

368

2003

1,287

359

2004

503

141

2005

360

128

2006

412

273

2007

534

402

2008

1,471

1,027

2009

1,379

1,228