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Health: Former UK Residents

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 April (WA 58–59), whether the devolved administrations supply them with details of non-nationals provided with healthcare in order to arrange reimbursement under European Union Regulations (1409/71); and what numbers were involved in the past three years. [HL3501]

The devolved Administrations do not supply details of the overseas visitors they treat in order for the United Kingdom Government to make claims against other member states. The devolved authorities do not cover the cost of healthcare for their citizens in other European economic area member states under European Union regulations nor does England reimburse the devolved authorities for the cost of treating overseas visitors.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 30 April (WA 58–59), whether the healthcare reimbursement waivers for Denmark, Norway and Malta are mutual; and for what reasons no money was claimed from Cyprus, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in 2007–08. [HL3502]

The waivers, as part of the bilateral agreements the United Kingdom has with Denmark, Norway and Malta, are mutual. The UK did not make claims against Cyprus, Iceland and Latvia in 2007-08 either because no citizens from those countries were treated by the National Health Service, the necessary data were not captured to allow the UK to make a claim or claims are still being assessed.