The UK Department of Health and Social Care has published details of the Healthcare (International
Arrangements) Bill which the department says on its website, has “been introduced to
give the government legal powers to fund and implement healthcare deals after Brexit.”
The announcement claims that the Bill “seeks to safeguard healthcare for 190,000 expats and 50 million people who travel abroad every year, through agreements with the EU or member states.”
It goes on to explain that the proposed law will establish a legal basis to fund and implement reciprocal healthcare schemes and share necessary data after the UK leaves the EU.
The announcement seeks to reassure British people living in the EU 27 by stating, “For the 190,000 expat state pensioners who have chosen to live in the EU and those intending to retire to the EU, it will help by safeguarding reciprocal healthcare if there is no EU deal.”
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, Lord James O’Shaughnessy, said, “This Bill will allow us to implement new healthcare arrangements with other countries – in the EU and elsewhere – so that UK citizens can travel with confidence.”
Source – Surinenglish