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NHS Patients (Overseas Treatment)

Health written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were treated abroad in each of the last five years; and in what countries.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Under patient choice, overseas treatment direct referral scheme approximately 890 patients had been referred for treatment since 2003. In addition, primary care trusts may also contract with healthcare providers abroad on an individual needs basis but this information is not collected by the Department.

Data on United Kingdom patients treated in the European Economic Area under the E111/112 schemes are not available in the format requested.

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