Niall Dickson, Director General of the NHS Confederation and co-chair of the Brexit Health Alliance, gave evidence to the EU Civil Liberties Committee on Brexit and stressed the interest of the Confederation and the Alliance in maintaining mutual health rules between the EU and the UK after the EU`s withdrawal. Watch a video recording of his evidence. The government told BBC News it was trying to negotiate a deal that would allow short-term visitors, such as tourists and business travellers, to obtain health protection. b) European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – The UK funds “needs-based” health care when UK residents temporarily travel to the EU (for tourism, education or work). Note: Reciprocal health agreements with the following countries were terminated in 2016: the determination of what constitutes medical treatment and your rights under the European Health Insurance Card must take into account the type of health care required and the length of your stay in the country. You are entitled to the medical care you deem necessary to continue your stay in the country you are visiting. The UK has mutual insurance with some non-EU countries, including Australia and New Zealand, where visitors can receive urgent and inexpensive or free treatment. Talk to Helfo if you are not sure you are entitled to a European health insurance card or health insurance abroad. Call Veiledning helsenorge.no (User Service) on 23 32 70 00. Fax from abroad: `47 33 51 22 89. Find out how much you need to pay for health care (in Norwegian).
Under the Common Travel Area (CTA), British citizens living in Ireland will have access to health care in Ireland on the same basis as Irish citizens, meaning they may have to contribute financially. The UK government is in deep discussions with the Irish government to reach an agreement that would allow for the ongoing mutual health agreements. British and Irish citizens living in Ireland will continue to have access to free health care while visiting the UK. This is independent of the circumstances in which the UK leaves the EU. The government`s website states that you must purchase health-protected travel insurance before going on holiday. He warns that it is “particularly important” to get the right coverage if you have a pre-existing condition. You are treated as if you were in the country in question. In general, these agreements apply to British nationals living in the United Kingdom. If you are not a British national, you can still be insured for an inexpensive or free treatment if you normally live in the UK.