Brexit: What does it mean for reciprocal healthcare arrangements? is part of a series of briefings produced by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) outlining key information on topics surrounding Brexit negotiations and beyond.
In many instances patients need to access treatment in a country in which they are not a citizen. The EU works to facilitate this collaborative care across the member states as required by patients. When treatment is provided in another country, it is reimbursed by the patient’s country of citizenship.
Unless sufficient guarantees are provided, patients will no longer have access to necessary treatment and care outside the UK.
Under both registrations, the UK provides reimbursement for the cost of care.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is part of the system of social security cooperation that provides access to healthcare that is ‘medically necessary’ for all EU citizens travelling within the EU and staying in another state temporarily. Its removal will have significant impact on emergency treatment to British citizens travelling in EU states.