Tuesday, April 30, 2013

We pay £900m to help Britons who fall sick in Europe but get just £48m back to pay for visitors' NHS treatment

The UK pays almost £1billion a year to cover the healthcare costs of Britons who fall ill on the continent – but receives only a fraction of that for NHS treatment of European visitors.

Official figures show that last year taxpayers handed £903.4million to European governments and insurance providers to pay for the care of Britons.

But the NHS managed to collect only £48.7million from the same European countries to pay for the care of their citizens who fall ill here.