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Health: Irish Citizens

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 6 May (WA 120), how much the United Kingdom pays the Republic of Ireland per pensioner to fund health treatment; and how much the Republic of Ireland pays the United Kingdom per pensioner. [HL3499]

The United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland make payments to each other to cover the cost of providing healthcare to each other's citizens, including pensioners and their dependants. Payments for pensioners and their dependants are made on the basis of an average cost, which is in line with European Union (EU) regulations (1408/71). Each European economic area (EEA) member state's average costs are scrutinised and agreed by an EU-level group of which the UK is a member.

The Republic of Ireland's most recently agreed annual average cost for pensioners and their dependants is for 2004 and is €8,322 per head. The UK's most recently agreed annual average cost for pensioners and their dependants is for 2003 and is £2,605.81 per head.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 6 May (WA 120), whether the number of years pensioners have paid national insurance is part of the health treatment calculation in relation to payments to the Republic of Ireland for United Kingdom pensioners residing there; from what data source the numbers are estimated; and whether the amount varies each year. [HL3500]

The number of years pensioners have paid national insurance contributions plays no part in the calculation of payments the United Kingdom makes to the Republic of Ireland under a bilateral agreement. The payments each country makes for pensioners and their dependants are based on an agreed average cost and the numbers of pensioners each country is liable for on the basis of a triennial survey. The numbers do vary due to demographic shifts.