Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley:

     

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many European Health Insurance Cards were issued in each of the five financial years preceding 2016-17.

     

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many applications for treatment under S2 arrangements were approved retrospectively in each of the five financial years preceding 2016-17.

     

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many S1 applications were approved in each of the five financial years preceding 2016-17.

     

    To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of reimbursing health care treatment received by UK nationals resident in (a) each EEA/EU country and (b) Switzerland under EU Regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009 and Directive 20011/24 under the (i) European Health Insurance Card, (ii) S1 and (iii) S2 schemes in each of the last five financial years.

     

    Philip Dunne:

     

    As insurability under European Union law is not determined on the basis of nationality, it is not possible to provide information on the reimbursement costs under EU Regulations 883/2004 and 987/2009, and Directive 20011/24 under the European Health Insurance Card, S1 and S2 scheme. Other Economic European Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland reimburse the United Kingdom for the cost of the National Health Service providing treatment to people they are responsible for under EU law, including UKnationals insured in another EEA country or Switzerland, irrespective of nationality.

     

    The following table provides information on the numbers of S2 forms issued.

     

    Financial years April-March
    2011-122012-132013-142014-152015-16
    S2/E112
    Out-going1,4421,3121,3541,3551,330

     

    Source: Overseas Healthcare Team (OHT), Department for Work and Pensions(DWP)

     

    Note: It is possible that issued S2s to customers have not been used

     

    Information on S2 arrangements approved retrospectively is not available.

     

    The following table provides information on the numbers of S1 forms registered by individuals in Foreign Authorities (FA) for whom the UK is responsible under the EU law.

     

    Registration In Financial Years April-March
    2011-122012-132013-142014-152015-16
    Registered by FA7,56119,88746,41228,60025,198

     

    Source: OHT, DWP

     

    Note: Data is from 1 April to 31 March

     

    Data above includes forms issued E106, E109, E120, E121, E122 and S1, these exclude PRC, E123, DA1, E112 and S2.

     

    Timeline of data

     

    2011 to 2012

     

    OHT moved to Washington and staff training started. There were low skill levels in this period.

     

    2013

     

    OHT had a back log of work which was taken on and cleared by staff in Porth.

     

    2014

     

    Registrations start to level out.

     

    The following list provides information on how many European Health Insurance Cards were issued in the last five years:

     

    2015-16 6,069,233

    2014-15 5,414,977

    2013-14 5,571,060

    2012-13 5,240,608

    2011-12 6,830,734

     

    Source: NHS Business Services Authority

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