Britain paid out more than £6 billion to EU countries to fund medical costs abroad – but received just £400 million in return
Britain paid almost £6.2bn to cover cost of treating UK nationals in the EU
Comes amid a row about the impact of leaving the EU on the Health Service
Britain is paying out an average of £723m a year more than it gets back
By JASON GROVES FOR THE DAILY MAIL
5 April 2016
Britain has paid out more than £6 billion to EU countries to fund medical costs abroad while receiving just £400 million in return, it emerged last night.
Under EU rules, countries are entitled to reclaim the costs of treating citizens from other member states.
But new figures reveal Britain suffers a yawning financial deficit in the system, paying out an average of £723 million a year more than it gets back.
Official statistics show Britain has paid almost £6.2 billion to cover the cost of treating UK nationals in the EU since records began in 2007.
But over the same period, the country has received just £405 million in return to cover the costs of treating EU nationals living here.
The figures mean Britain receives just £1 back for every £15 it pays out.
Brexit campaigners last night said the cash lost was equivalent to the cost of abolishing prescription charges or dental fees, or doubling the money available for the Cancer Drugs Fund.
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