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NHS patients

NHS patientsPatients on the UK's NHS system may or may not be aware that some treatments or surgery abroad can now be covered by the NHS thanks to the European Union Directive on cross-border healthcare (2008). This initiative means that British patients are now entitled to free essential healthcare abroad when travelling for a planned treatment in the European Economic Area (EEA). This means that the possibility exists for NHS patients to bypass extensive waiting lists and get treatment quicker in a neighbouring country.

In some countries the overseas healthcare provider will cover all treatment and surgery costs for patients (these are then claimed back from the NHS). In others, the patient may have to pay a percentage of the costs upfront as a co-payment, which can then be reimbursed upon a patients return to the UK. The European Economic Area (EEA) consists of the 27 European Union countries, as well as Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

For further information, please refer to the YourSurgeryAbroad.com's NHS Guide.