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Asked by Julie Elliott
(Sunderland Central)

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Asked on: 13 February 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: British Nationals Abroad
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the advice issued on 28 January 2019 entitled New advice for travellers visiting the UK, European Union or European Economic Area in the event of a no-deal EU exit, what advice he has for people on kidney dialysis who wish to travel in the EU or EEA and to whom his advice of 28 January 2019 does not cover because dialysis is not covered under travel insurance.
Answered by: Stephen Hammond
Answered on: 18 February 2019

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal, the Department cannot guarantee the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be valid after 29 March 2019 in all European Economic Area countries.

The reciprocal healthcare system requires reciprocity from the EU or individual Member States and cannot be protected unilaterally. The UK Government is seeking agreements with Member States, so that no individual will face sudden changes to their healthcare cover.

People requiring dialysis treatment when travelling should always seek advice from their doctor and renal unit before booking travel. They should also contact the chosen dialysis administrator at the destination of travel to ensure their treatment is covered after 29 March 2019 in a ‘no-deal’ scenario and so that they are aware of and can agree to any potential charges before booking travel.

Healthcare advice on the National Health Service for travellers with pre-existing conditions including dialysis users is being updated.

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