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Health: Former UK Residents

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 18 May (WA 260), how under European Union regulation 1408/71 the most recently agreed EEA health reimbursement annual average cost of £2,605.81 per head for United Kingdom pensioners and their dependants was calculated; what it would be this year; and when that 2003 figure will be subject to review. [HL3863]

The European Union (EU) approved United Kingdom average cost for pensioners and their dependants for 2003 was based on the overall domestic healthcare expenditure and the UK population for that year. Once average costs for any particular year have been approved at EU level, they are not subject to a further review. The UK average costs are calculated on the same basis for every year, in arrears. The average costs for this year will be calculated once the corresponding healthcare expenditure data are available.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 18 May (WA 260), why their representatives agreed at the European Union-level group an annual average cost for pensioners and their dependants for Ireland of €8,322 per head in 2004; and what assessment they have made of average costs for Ireland being three times greater than the United Kingdom figure of £2,605.81 per head. [HL3864]

The United Kingdom agreed average costs submitted by the Republic of Ireland in respect of 2003 and 2004 at a European Union (EU) level meeting in November 2008. Health Ministers considered that sufficient progress had been made in bilateral discussions on payments the UK makes to the Republic of Ireland under a bilateral health agreement to allow this agreement. During these ongoing bilateral discussions, UK officials have raised the difference between the UK’s and Ireland’s average costs. Under EU regulations, the UK has no direct say in how another member state calculates these costs. However, the UK has agreed with Irish officials that there will be an exchange of data in respect of Irish average costs for 2005 and onwards to enable a clearer understanding of how they are calculated and why any level of difference from UK average costs exists.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 18 May (WA 259), why they do not seek to obtain the numbers and nationalities of foreign European Union or EEA nationals treated in the devolved health services in order to add them to the United Kingdom annual reimbursement claim. [HL3865]

Department of Health officials are currently exploring the scope for obtaining data on overseas visitors treated by the devolved health authorities in order for the United Kingdom to make claims against other member states on their behalf.