This 2018 Alliance document outlines how current mutual agreements work and the impact of a possible no deal or bad deal for both patients and health care providers. Increased visibility of action calls. guidelines for preparing for Brexit, agreements with EFTA countries (Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and studies in the EU. Unlike the CEV, however, the agreements do not apply to existing conditions. Note: Mutual health agreements with the following countries were denounced in 2016: a CEV is a medical card that can be used in certain European countries – EU Member States, EEA countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. It allows British holidaymakers to get free or severely reduced care in public hospitals if they get sick and need emergency care while on holiday. The reciprocal agreement meant that British tourists would pay the same price for hospital care as residents and vice versa. If the UK leaves the EU on 31 December 2020 without agreement or mutual agreement, British tourists will have to cover all medical expenses incurred during their holidays if they do not have adequate travel insurance. However, students, pensioners, “border workers” and EU citizens living in the UK will continue to have access to health care through the CEV after 1 January 2021. British holidaymakers must ensure that they have adequate travel insurance, as they can no longer rely on the CEV for medical treatment abroad without a deal. This means that it is more important than ever that holidaymakers notify their insurer of medical conditions prior to their trip to ensure that they are fully insured. Most agreements only apply to visitors for a limited time.
This is often the case for temporary stays of up to three or six months and not if you live or work in another country. The host country will determine the agreement according to its own policy and decide what it considers to be emergency or emergency treatment.