Edward Argar, Minister for Health, has spoken in both Houses of Parliament about what may happen on January 1st, 2021, should there be no deal with the EU.
“In the event we have not reached an EU-wide agreement on reciprocal healthcare, the Government will implement a time-limited healthcare scheme that supports UK residents with ongoing, routine treatment needs, who are visiting the European Economic Area or Switzerland from 1 January 2021. This type of treatment was previously covered under the EHIC scheme.
This Government will introduce the scheme with the intention that it is used by individuals who are certain to require treatment while abroad, such as regular dialysis, oxygen therapy or certain types of chemotherapy. The Government recognises that these ongoing, routine treatment costs can be expensive, and makes travelling abroad extremely challenging for many people.
The scheme will be temporary and will cover travel that takes place between 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021″.
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