Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has attended a debate and backed a Ten-Minute Rule Motion calling for the NHS to fully recover from Europe the costs of treating European nationals.
Britain is potentially losing out on payments that are worth billions of pounds. Figures from last year show that the under the European Health Insurance Card Scheme alone, the UK paid out £1.7 billion for the treatment of British nationals, but only claimed back £125 million from qualifying countries.
The purpose of the Bill, presented by Henry Smith MP as a Ten-Minute Rule Motion, is not to deny healthcare to foreign nationals, but to ensure that reciprocal arrangements that Britain has with European nations and other countries are properly used, so that our NHS budget is not unfairly burdened.
Commenting, Mike said: “This is an entirely sensible Bill that, if enacted, should save the NHS money by claiming back healthcare payments from qualifying countries. Other countries clearly record their treatments more efficiently than we do in the UK, so it is in our interest to do the same.”