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Brexit: reciprocal healthcare inquiry launched

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08 September 2017

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee launches a new inquiry into reciprocal healthcare after Brexit.

Background

The House of  Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a coordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the negotiations on Brexit.

Scope of the inquiry

Healthcare entitlements under EU law are tied to social security benefits. The EU's rules-based social security coordination system is part of EU law on the free movement of persons. Its aims are to ensure portability of benefits across the EU, and equality of treatment with nationals within the host social security system. Benefits, including access to healthcare, are reciprocal and apply to UK citizens in the EU/EEA, and vice versa.

The inquiry will focus on the reciprocal healthcare implications of Brexit for UK citizens travelling, living and/or working in the rest of the EU, and for EU citizens travelling, living and/or working in the UK, in both the short and medium term.

The Committee will begin taking evidence for this inquiry in September.

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