‘Our evidence suggests that it is not in the UK’s interest for reciprocal healthcare arrangements to cease.’
This is according to Lords European Union Select Committee’s March 2018 report on Brexit and reciprocal healthcare.
The report argues that as reciprocal healthcare derives from freedom of movement, it will stop after Brexit. Reciprocal healthcare arrangements can only be achieved through post-Brexit negotiations.
The Committee ask the Government to clarify which of the following approaches it will take to protect healthcare of UK citizens:
- seek UK participation in the EHIC, S1 and S2 schemes as a non-EU Member State
- set up a separate scheme with the EU27
- explore the possibility of reaching bilateral arrangements with individual Member States.