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Health: Former UK Residents

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 20 May (WA 324), why the United Kingdom paid the Republic of Ireland €450 million for reimbursement of healthcare costs in 2007; what is the forecast figure for 2009; and how much is expected to be offset in 2009 for previous overpayments. [HL4553]

The payment of €450 million in 2007 was made as part of ongoing negotiations between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on the terms for the reimbursement of healthcare costs. The payment was made on account, based on the amount that the Republic of Ireland had claimed. The department stated that as a result of the expected reduction in United Kingdom liabilities, it would likely represent an overpayment which would lead to financial adjustments in subsequent years. As negotiations between the UK and Ireland are ongoing and key issues are still to be resolved, it is not currently possible to calculate either the amount due by the UK or the income due to it, in respect of 2009.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest annual payments to the United Kingdom from non-waiver European economic area countries for reimbursement of health treatment costs for those countries' nationals under European Union Regulation 1408/71. [HL4554]

The following table shows the breakdown of actual cash payments received by the United Kingdom in the financial year 2008-09 from non-waiver European economic area (EEA) member states for the reimbursement of healthcare provided in the UK under EU Regulation (EC) 1408/71.

EEA Medical Costs

2008/09 Income received (1)

£

Austria

29,602

Belgium

2,819,854

Bulgaria

0

Cyprus

0

Czech Republic

2,260

Estonia (waiver) (2)

0

Finland (waiver) (3)

0

France

5,224,201

Germany

93,980

Greece

864,284

Hungary (waiver) (3)

8,219

Iceland

0

Ireland

19,559,943

Italy

0

Latvia

0

Liechtenstein

0

Lithuania

0

Luxembourg (4)

0

Malta (waiver) (3)

0

Netherlands

0

Norway (waiver) (3)

0

Poland

0

Portugal

17,531

Romania

0

Slovakia

0

Slovenia

6,425

Spain

4,225,793

Sweden

280,410

Switzerland

0

Total Claim Payments (6)

33,132,501

Notes:

1. Payments made in one year do not necessarily relate to claims for that year nor do they reflect the full value of claims for that year.

2. Waiver, excepting Article 22.1c (patient referral) and Article 55.1c (industrial injury) claims.

3. Waiver, excepting Article 22.1c (patient referral) claims.

4. Previously waiver, regulations apply from 30 June 2008.

5. Totals for individual countries are rounded to the nearest £1.

6. Sub-totals may not add up to rounded overall totals due to rounding.

7. Denmark is excluded from the list, as there is a total waiver.