Provision and payment of healthcare


Provision and payment of healthcare for the Czech citizens in the United Kingdom

The current situation for the provision and payment of healthcare for the Czech Citizens in the United Kingdom if the Withdrawal Agreement is signed will continue to apply during the transition period, i.e. co-operation will continue in accordance with the rules of the coordination regulations (Regulation (EC) 883/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council and its implementing Regulation 987/2009).

If Brexit occurs without the Withdrawal Agreement being signed, the United Kingdom, according to its own statements, guarantees the citizens of EU countries resident in its territory unchanged and long-term access to its healthcare system where it has fully incorporated the aforementioned coordination regulations into its national legislation. In this regard, it should be noted that EU countries will have no legal basis for reimbursing this care if the United Kingdom claims the costs of care provided to EU citizens from the relevant EU country.

Nevertheless, the United Kingdom has repeatedly declared that it is willing to guarantee this care to EU citizens in its territory, even without a guarantee of subsequent re-billing to the home state of the person treated.

The Ministry of Health recommends that Czech citizens who are long-term residents in the United Kingdom should monitor information and request information from the UK authorities.

Citizens of the Czech Republic travelling to the United Kingdom after “Brexit date” lose their entitlement to the provision of mandatory healthcare on health insurance fund accounts based on European health insurance cards (EHIC). We recommend therefore those travelling to the UK to conclude a travel insurance.

More information can be found at the Health Insurance Bureau website.

 

Provision and payment of healthcare for British citizens in the Czech Republic

If the Withdrawal Agreement is signed, the current situation will continue to apply during the transition period, i.e. co-operation will continue in accordance with the rules of the coordination regulations (Regulation (EC) 883/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council and its Implementing Regulation 987/2009).

If Brexit occurs without a Withdrawal Agreement, the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing contingency measures for social security coordination following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union will come into force and set out the following rules.

The aforementioned regulation requires that member states continue to apply the principle of equal treatment to persons who, during the UK membership in the EU, exercised their right to freedom of movement as far as every situation that occurred before the “Brexit date” is concerned, although the rules for applying legal regulations are not expressly included in the aforementioned regulation. In general, it also applies that citizens of the United Kingdom who enter the territory of the Czech Republic after the date of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and those who were already in the territory of the Czech Republic before that date must be differentiated. Persons who arrive in the Czech Republic after the “Brexit date” should be regarded as persons from third countries. This is assumed by the Act on Some Relations in Connection with the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the EU passed by the Czech Republic.

For persons located already in the territory of the Czech Republic before “Brexit date”, several categories must be differentiated. It is paramount to say that many cases will have to be assessed individually. The Czech Republic will apply the relevant rules in the widest possible manner in order to minimise the number of British citizens not being able to participate in the Czech Republic’s public health insurance scheme. Similarly, it is also important to mention that the Czech Republic will proceed in accordance with the rules set out by Czech and European legislation.

Individual life circumstances are examined at the Health Insurance Bureau website.

More details about provision of healthcare after “Brexit date” for the citizens of UK in the Czech Republic are available in the below attached presentations of Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic and Health Insurance Bureau.

 

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Published: 04.07.2019

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