The access to the EHIC health insurance has been allowed to be retained by the European Union.
The access to the card would remain for citizens of the United Kingdom living in or visiting EU countries, announced David Davis, the Brexit secretary.
“Both sides have agreed… that we should at least protect existing health care rights and arrangements for EU27 citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU. The EHIC arrangements,” said Davis.
“That is good news for example, for British pensioners in the EU: it means that they will continue to have their health care arrangements protected both where they live and – when they travel to another Member State – to be able to use an EHIC card.”
British tourists and residents in the EU are qualified to access free healthcare, as are EU citizens visiting the United Kingdom, under the EHIC scheme.
The card is presently accepted by 31 members of the European Economic Area, Australia, and Switzerland.
The said agreement was declared by Davis today as an example of the “concrete progress” he claimed had been addressed in Brexit talks.
However, Michel Barnier, chief EU negotiator, insisted that there had been “no decisive progress” on all the significant issues yet to be agreed in the first stage of talks.
“We’re quite far from being able to say sufficient progress has taken place,” Barnier stated during a joint press conference with Davis.