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EU latest Brexit threat: Now Brussels wants to BILL YOU for using healthcare in Europe

BRITISH travellers will lose their free healthcare in Europe under tough new proposals put forward by the European Union during Brexit talks.

European Commission officials told their British counterparts that the UK will be booted out of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) system after the scheduled withdrawal date in March 2019.Under the EHIC system, Britons who suffer accidents or ill health while in Europe can use hospitals in EU countries without fearing huge medical bills because the costs will be taken care of by the NHS.


Britons can use their free EHIC cards in all 27 EU countries, as well as Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein, so they do not face huge hospital bills if they fall ill abroad.The programme ensures UK citizens receive the same state healthcare as local citizens, including prescriptions, GP visits and hospital stays.

Without EHIC, holidaymakers can be hit with medical bills worth thousands of pounds, or they are forced to take out private insurance.

David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, has asked the EU to maintain the scheme post-Brexit but said that if Brussels refuses, the Government will foot the £155million-a-year bill.

The official advice from the UK Government said: “The EU should be keen to keep Britain on-board the EHIC scheme, as we return billions in health costs and funding to the European Union.“Moreover, millions of Europeans continue to visit Britain, with a modest number ending up requiring care and treatment in our hospitals.

GETTY           David Davis (L) & Michel Barnier pictured during a joint press conference in Brussels


“If we do leave EHIC, the EU is also at risk of a decline in British visitors, given the risk of massive up-front costs to travellers if they are injured or have an accident.”The news comes after Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, demanded clarity from Britain as talks continue.

Speaking alongside Mr Davis earlier today, he said: “This week’s experience has quite simply shown that we make better progress when our positions are clear.

“A clarification of the UK position is indispensable for us to negotiate and for us to make sufficient progress on this financial dossier, which is inseparable from the other withdrawal dossiers.
“What we want – and we are working on this – is an orderly withdrawal for the United Kingdom, that’s decided. An orderly withdrawal means accounts must be settled.“We know that agreement will not be achieved through incremental steps. As soon as the UK is ready to clarify the nature of its commitments, we will be prepared to discuss this with the British negotiators.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/831133/eu-brexit-threat-ehic-free-healthcare-europe-britain-nhs

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