Niall Dickson, Director General of the NHS Confederation and co-chair of the Brexit Health Alliance, gave evidence to the EU Civil Liberties Committee on Brexit and stressed the interest of the Confederation and the Alliance in maintaining mutual health rules between the EU and the UK after the EU`s withdrawal. Watch a video of his evidence. Note: Mutual health agreements with the following countries were terminated in 2016: Non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries that have mutual health agreements with the UK, be sure to take out full health insurance before travelling to Australia. If you are not covered by the mutual health agreements between Australia and the United Kingdom, the cost of treatment may be high. In October 2017, we published a series of blog posts in which patients and clinicians shared their experiences on how current mutual health plans work for them and the possible consequences if these rules no longer apply after Brexit. This agreement is maintained, but New Zealanders who remain in the UK for more than six months on a visa will have to pay a health supplement for immigration issues from 6 April 2016 as part of their visa application. For more information, see www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration (external link). The main points of the agreement that comply with the temporary agreement are: if you visit one of these countries and you need urgent or immediate medical treatment, it is made available at a reduced cost or, in some cases, free of charge. The agreements do not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. The provision of medical services in these countries may be more limited than under the NHS. So make sure you have valid private travel insurance when travelling in any country.
Australia has a mutual health agreement with the UK, which means that UK residents are able to get some health services free of charge while visiting Australia. The United Kingdom has mutual health agreements with several non-EEA countries and territories. Under current EU law, EU citizens are entitled to mutual health care if they reside in one of the 28 EU Member States. If you plan to live or work in one of the countries of mutual agreement, the information contained in the links below may not apply.