Dáil Éireann - Volume 400 - 27 June, 1990

Written Answers. - EC Medical Expenses Arrangements.

247. Mr. Sheehan asked the Minister for Health (a) if his Department have recouped health contributions from EC countries whose citizens are permanently residing in Ireland and are paying their health contributions to their respective countries of origin, (b) the amount recouped from each EC country for each of the years from 1986 to 1989 inclusive and (c) the amount expected to be recouped for 1990.

Minister for Health (Dr. O'Hanlon): I assume the Deputy is referring to the arrangements under which member states of the European Community are entitled to recover the cost of medical services provided for nationals of other member states while visiting or domiciled in the host member state. Non-reimbursement arrangements on a “knock-for-knock” basis have been agreed with six member states and negotiations are at a preliminary stage in the case of four member states.

A comprehensive recoupment agreement has been concluded with the United Kingdom and under the terms of this agreement the net amounts paid by the United Kingdom to Ireland in the years 1986 to 1989 were as follows: 1986, £25,277,341; 1987, £27,985,551; 1988, £31,075,318; 1989, £41,677,702.

It is estimated that a net amount of £34 million approximately will be payable by the United Kingdom to Ireland in 1990.