The recent withdrawal agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom includes provisions for reciprocal healthcare. This means that UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK will continue to have access to healthcare in their respective countries after Brexit.
Under the agreement, UK citizens living in the EU will be able to continue to use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access healthcare when they travel within the EU. EU citizens living in the UK will also be able to access healthcare through the NHS, just like they do now.
The agreement also includes provisions for people who may have to move between the UK and the EU for work or family reasons. These individuals will be able to use their EHIC or the NHS to access healthcare in the country they are visiting.
This agreement is important because healthcare can be a major concern for people who are living or traveling abroad. It provides peace of mind and assurance that they will be able to access healthcare if they need it.
However, it is important to note that the agreement only covers certain aspects of healthcare. It does not cover all medical treatments or procedures, and there may be restrictions based on an individual`s residency status or the country they are visiting.
Overall, the withdrawal agreement`s provisions for reciprocal healthcare are a welcome development for UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK. It provides reassurance and stability in an uncertain time and ensures that individuals can continue to access healthcare when they need it.