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Health: Costs

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 11 November (WA 169), on what numbers of British pensioners living in the Republic of Ireland and Irish pensioners living in the United Kingdom European Union healthcare payments are based; and what were the average annual healthcare payments made by and to the Republic of Ireland since the system commenced. [HL695]

The United Kingdom (UK) is currently responsible for the healthcare costs of 43,600 British pensioners living in the Republic of Ireland. The corresponding figure for Irish pensioners living in the UK is 3,017. Payments made over the past three years are included in the following table:

2007

2008

2009

UK claims against Ireland

£

£

£

Pensioners

3,017

10,798,873

9,620,163

8,625,564

Visitors

12,194,841

10,863,760

9,740,589

Family members

290,132

0

0

Total

23,283,846

20,483,923

18,366,153

Ireland claims against UK

Pensioners

43,600

279,261,305

293,419,853

305,596,777

Visitors

16,423,544

17,606,040

17,412,373

Family members

18,201,878

0

0

Total

313,886,727

311,025,893

323,009,150