MEDICAL TREATMENT ABROAD
“UK patients may go abroad for treatment within the European Union (EU)
if a commissioning body commissions care abroad or if a patient asks
to go abroad for care” Department of Health 2011
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO?
If you’re thinking about going abroad for surgery or any other form of medical treatment (including giving birth), the NHS may offer you financial and aftercare support. Many people are unaware of the fact that, whatever your reasons for going abroad, you may well be entitled to medical care at a reduced cost or sometimes free of charge.
Your entitlement will vary based on whether you’re going to a European Economic Area country (EEA) or another country in the world. If you are going abroad specifically for medical treatment different rules apply than those for getting necessary emergency care whilst you are away on a holiday or a business trip.
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA) COUNTRIES
Please note that your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) does NOT cover going abroad for PREPLANNED surgery or and other treatment.
Medical Assistance UK recommends that you should discuss your plans with your doctor before you make any travel or medical arrangements. Your doctor may then refer you to your local Health Commissioner who will discuss the options available. The GP should also answer any questions you may have with regard to the following:-
- The treatment(s) that the GP is prepared to fund and how much funding will be available
- The conditions under which you will be treated abroad
- Details about any follow-up treatment that you might need on your return to the UK
If you intend to travel to an EEA country there are two routes for obtaining NHS funding. You can either use the S2 form (previously called the E112) that is issued by the Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle) OR you can go abroad under Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – previously known as Article 49 of the EC Treaty.