Health Services: British Nationals Abroad

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Duchy of Lancaster)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress he has made on reaching an agreement with EU countries on a replacement for the S1 scheme.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The United Kingdom Government has proposed to all Member States that we should maintain existing reciprocal healthcare arrangements, including the S1 scheme, until 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal. These arrangements would safeguard healthcare for the hundreds of thousands of UK-insured persons who live in Europe.

I laid a Written Ministerial Statement (HCWS1832) on 26 September 2019, setting out the Department’s progress on no-deal reciprocal healthcare arrangements, and updated information has been published on GOV.UK and NHS.UK on the situation for each Member State, including what arrangements have been put in place. These pages will be kept updated as further assurances from Member States are received.

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