Brexit could force UK to set up new healthcare scheme for tourists
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
Brussels is holding out on the government's hopes of continuing membership of the European health insurance scheme post-Brexit.
The UK may be forced to set up its own healthcare insurance for tourists holidaying in European countries if Brussels plans to limit the scope of current rules.
British negotiators want a continuation of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme, which gives tourists the right to state-provided healthcare in European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and covers EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EHIC also applies to Switzerland.
You may also want to watch:
But European Commission negotiators are understood to favour more limited and specific validity for the EHIC scheme after Brexit.
- 1 The true cost of Brexit is becoming clearer
- 2 Where the fires of Brexit still burn fiercest
- 3 Be careful what you wish for... voting reform could kill Labour
- 4 PMQs: Ian Blackford drops truth bomb over post-Brexit trade deal with Australia
- 5 MATT FREI: Brexit posed a question... and we haven't even begun to answer it
- 6 Why have Remainers gone so quiet?
- 7 Brexiteers propose return of imperial measurements in report on reducing 'red tape'
- 8 Boris Johnson's awkward moment with the Queen
- 9 How the Kominsky Method grapples with growing old
- 10 Amazon order shows how we're all paying the price for Brexit
Brexit Secretary David Davis confirmed last month that the UK was seeking a continuation of the EHIC scheme but said if it could not get one 'then we will provide one unilaterally'.
The EHIC scheme covers treatment that is medically necessary for tourists until they return home and is provided on the same basis that residents in the country they are visiting receive healthcare.
Therefore British tourists can access either free treatment or healthcare at a reduced cost, depending on the rules in the country they are visiting.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.