You are treated as if you were an inhabitant of the country concerned. As a general rule, these agreements apply to British nationals living in the United Kingdom. If you are not a UK citizen, you may still be insured for reduced or free treatment if you normally live in the UK. If you plan to live or work in one of the countries of the mutual agreement, the information contained in the following links may not apply. By the end of 2020, there will be no change in reciprocal access to healthcare if you: The New Zealand Department of Health (link leaving this page) provides more information on the mutual agreement with the UK (link leaving this page). The United Kingdom has mutual health agreements with several non-EEA countries and territories. The CEF does not apply outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Be sure to mention the mutual health agreement with the UK and have all the necessary evidence when you have access to healthcare. Niall Dickson, Director General of the NHS Confederation and Co-Chair of the Brexit Health Alliance, testified before the EU`s Subcommittee on Home Affairs on Brexit and stressed the interest of the Confederation and the Alliance in maintaining mutual health agreements between the EU and the UK after withdrawal from the EU.
Watch a video recording of his evidence. If you are visiting one of these countries and need urgent or immediate medical treatment, it is made available free of charge at a reduced cost or, in some cases. The agreements do not cover the costs of returning to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of medical history. Medical supply in these countries may be more limited than under the NHS. So make sure you have valid private travel insurance if you`re traveling to any country. Countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) that have concluded mutual health agreements with the United Kingdom In October 2017, we published a series of blogs in which patients and clinicians shared their experience on how current mutual health agreements work and the possible consequences of not having these agreements after Brexit. Note: Mutual health agreements with the following countries were denounced in 2016: Australia has a mutual health agreement with the United Kingdom, which means that residents of the United Kingdom can benefit from certain health services free of charge during a visit to Australia. Agreements have already been reached with a number of member states and the UK government is working to secure new mutual agreements before leaving the EU on 31 October. The government is currently in technical discussions with countries like Belgium that have already passed national laws that will support reciprocal healthcare with the UK after Brexit.
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