WHSCT got £209k back for treating sick Europeans

Altnagelvin Hospital
Altnagelvin Hospital

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.

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.