Written Question: Health Services, Reciprocal Arrangements

- Wednesday, 15th March 2017

 

EHIC

Peter Lilley:

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many European Health Insurance Cards were issued in each of the five financial years preceding 2016-17.

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications for treatment under S2 arrangements were approved retrospectively in each of the five financial years preceding 2016-17.

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many S1 applications were approved in each of the five financial years preceding 2016-17.

 

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of reimbursing health care treatment received by UK nationals resident in (a) each EEA/EU country and (b) Switzerland under EU Regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009 and Directive 20011/24 under the (i) European Health Insurance Card, (ii) S1 and (iii) S2 schemes in each of the last five financial years.

 

Philip Dunne:

 

As insurability under European Union law is not determined on the basis of nationality, it is not possible to provide information on the reimbursement costs under EU Regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009, and Directive 20011/24 under the European Health Insurance Card, S1 and S2 scheme. Other Economic European Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland reimburse the United Kingdom for the cost of the National Health Service providing treatment to people they are responsible for under EU law, including UKnationals insured in another EEA country or Switzerland, irrespective of nationality.

 

The following table provides information on the numbers of S2 forms issued.

 

Financial years April-March

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

S2/E112

Out-going

1,442

1,312

1,354

1,355

1,330

 

Source: Overseas Healthcare Team (OHT), Department for Work and Pensions(DWP)

 

Note: It is possible that issued S2s to customers have not been used

 

Information on S2 arrangements approved retrospectively is not available.

 

The following table provides information on the numbers of S1 forms registered by individuals in Foreign Authorities (FA) for whom the UK is responsible under the EU law.

 

Registration In Financial Years April-March

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

Registered by FA

7,561

19,887

46,412

28,600

25,198

 

Source: OHT, DWP

 

Note: Data is from 1 April to 31 March

 

Data above includes forms issued E106, E109, E120, E121, E122 and S1, these exclude PRC, E123, DA1, E112 and S2.

 

Timeline of data

 

2011 to 2012

 

OHT moved to Washington and staff training started. There were low skill levels in this period.

 

2013

 

OHT had a back log of work which was taken on and cleared by staff in Porth.

 

2014

 

Registrations start to level out.

 

The following list provides information on how many European Health Insurance Cards were issued in the last five years:

 

2015-16 6,069,233

2014-15 5,414,977

2013-14 5,571,060

2012-13 5,240,608

2011-12 6,830,734

 

Source: NHS Business Services Authority

 

 

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