Maintaining reciprocal healthcare for patients after Brexit


16 / 10 / 2017

Now that negotiations are underway between the UK and the European Union on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, what will this mean for British people who need healthcare in another EU country, or EU citizens who need treatment while they’re in the UK?  

This paper, produced by the Brexit Health Alliance, explains what is happening in the Brexit negotiations, and what the implications would be if the existing reciprocal arrangements were to be discontinued post Brexit.

The Brexit Health Alliance was established to make sure that the interests of those who use health services, as well as healthcare commissioners and providers, educators, researchers, and the healthcare industry are reflected in the negotiations as the formal process of leaving the EU gets underway.

The alliance is calling for:

  • Straightforward and appropriate access to reciprocal healthcare for both UK and EU patients, preferably by preserving current arrangements
  • If this is not possible, provisions made domestically for the planning and funding of healthcare for UK nationals currently in the EU and vice versa.
  • No increased burden for both UK and EU health providers if they are required to handle new, more complex administrative and funding processes, should current arrangements be discontinued.

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