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Brexit: Reciprocal Healthcare Inquiry Update

The House of Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a coordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the negotiations on Brexit.

Healthcare entitlements under EU law are tied to social security benefits. The EU's rules-based social security coordination system is part of EU law on the free movement of persons. Its aims are to ensure portability of benefits across the EU, and equality of treatment with nationals within the host social security system.

Benefits, including access to healthcare, are reciprocal and apply to UK citizens in the EU/EEA, and vice versa.

The inquiry focuses on the reciprocal healthcare implications of Brexit for UK citizens travelling, living and/or working in the rest of the EU, and for EU citizens travelling, living and/or working in the UK, in both the short and medium term.

The Committee has begun taking evidence on the reciprocal healthcare implications of Brexit for UK citizens travelling, living and/or working in the rest of the EU, and for EU citizens travelling, living and/or working in the UK, in both the short and medium term.

  • What are the likely implications of no deal?
  • Is enough being done by the government, industry and others to prepare for the possibility of 'no deal?
  • Is a transition arrangement a necessary component of any lasting agreement?
  • What are the necessary components of a transition arrangement?
  • How will the UK-EU relationship be conducted during the transition period?

Brexit could hit patients in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland unless cross-border agreements on medical care continue.

Under the EU cross-border healthcare directive and the HSE treatment abroad scheme Irish patients can be treated in Northern Ireland if waiting lists are too long or a treatment is not available in Ireland.

The Irish government is considering the issue of access to health services in Northern Ireland, the UK and other EU member states under cross-border directive.

 

 

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