The Brexit Health Alliance has produced an infographic highlighting six example scenarios in which people may have to pay privately for healthcare after 31 December 2020 if the UK and the EU don’t agree a deal. Scenarios include UK citizens falling ill while travelling abroad, UK citizens wanting to retire to an EU member country, and EU citizens falling ill while in the UK.
What’s at stake
- Failure to reach an agreement on reciprocal healthcare cover for urgent, unplanned treatment will require agreements with each individual EU country, who may or may not be inclined to agree.
- The cost of life-sustaining treatments such as dialysis not covered by travel insurance and without reciprocal healthcare agreements will make travel in the EU out of reach for many.
- The NHS will face unwelcome increased resourcing burdens to handle more complex administrative and funding procedures when providing care if well-established systems for reimbursement between member states are not maintained.
The BHA has also published a briefing outlining the risks to UK and EU healthcare rights if Brexit negotiators don’t agree a deal by 31 December 2020.