WHSCT got £209k back fortreating sick Europeans

The Western Trust received £209,443 back from other European Union countries for treating their citizens over the past three years, it's been revealed.

Monday, 10th October 2016, 9:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:52 pm
Altnagelvin Hospital
Altnagelvin Hospital

The Western Trust is entitled to reimbursement under the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme rules.

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill revealed that under the European cross-border healthcare scheme, which is managed by the Department of Health in England on behalf of the devolved administrations, the Western Trust received £46,927 in 2013/14; £83,496 in 2014/15; and £79,020 in 2015/16: £209,443 in total.

An EHIC allows European Union citizens to get state healthcare in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland at a reduced cost or sometimes for free.

There has,as yet, been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK as a result of the referendum.