To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the latest year for which figures are available, how many registered United Kingdom state pensioners for whom the United Kingdom is responsible for health costs were living in each of the other European Economic Area countries, and vice versa; and how much was paid and received by and from each country.
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the annual reduction in the United Kingdom payments to the Republic of Ireland of 1.13 per cent for pensioner healthcare costs will continue beyond 2013–14; if not, what new arrangements are being made; what were the most recent annual payments made and received from that state; and whether they will place the relevant correspondence on the current reduction process in the Library of the House.
Information about how many registered United Kingdom state pensioners for whom the UK is responsible for health costs were living in each of the other European Economic Area countries, and vice versa; and how much was paid and received by and from each country is provided in the following tables.
|Live 5 December 2014, UK responsible for||Live 5 December 2014, Foreign authorities (FA) responsible for|
|Registration UK||Registration FA|
|S1 & E121||S1 & E121|
|Czech Republic||132||Czech Republic||4|
|The Netherlands||253||The Netherlands||1,029|
|The Rep of Cyprus||12,236||The Rep of Cyprus||0|
*Based on the formula calculation for 2013
|European Economic Area (EEA) Medical Costs|
|Claims by EEA Member States Against UK (by Article)|
|Resource Outturn Totals: 2013-14 Pensioner Activity|
|Country||£ Paid by UK||£ Paid to UK|
Source: Resource Accounting and Budgeting exercise. Totals are based on estimates of the costs of EEA healthcare claims made annually for the purposes of provisions made in the Department accounts in accordance with Treasury resource accounting rules.
1. Denmark – Full Waiver
2. Estonia and Norway – Waiver, excepting former Article 22.1c (patient referral) and Article 55.1c (industrial injury) claims.
3. Finland, Hungary and Malta – Waiver, excepting former Article 22.1c (patient referral) claims.
I refer the noble Lord to HL3094 and the extract from the letter of
Discussions on new arrangements to determine respective pensioner numbers for 2015-16 onwards are continuing. Subject to formal confirmation we expect that the previously agreed 1.13% reduction will continue to apply for 2014-15.
The UK’s pensioner payments to Ireland for 2013 were €211 million. This represents a payment on account, which is 80% of the estimated total payment due and settled that will be finalised following publication of Ireland’s average costs for that year. The pensioner payments from Ireland to the UK for 2013 were £5.9 million.