(NB: For the latest on Brexit and how it may affect kidney patients - see our Brexit campaign page)
Throughout the week we will be sharing stories, news and information from people who are worried about the impact Brexit could have on their future.
In reports in the Daily Telegraph and Express newspapers today, the Alliance says that travel insurance for visiting Europe could become unaffordable for British citizens with existing health problems, including kidney patients, if they could no longer use the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC currently entitles them (and EU citizens in the UK) to urgent/emergency care without paying up front costs for insurance. Uninsured holidaymakers or people travelling on business could also face big bills if they fall ill or have an accident requiring emergency care.
The Alliance is calling on the Brexit negotiators on both sides to take steps to make sure that this ‘worst case scenario’ does not come about. Niall Dickson, co-chair of the Brexit Health Alliance, said: “This is simply not acceptable. We want to see a Brexit settlement that will allow existing or similar arrangements to continue to benefit patients.”
Nicola is one of our supporters (right). She has kidney failure and has to have dialysis three times a week. She is worried about whether or not she will be able to travel if they take away the EHIC card. Read Nicola's blog.
Dialysis patient Maddy Warren and Fiona Loud our Policy Director speak about the potential repercussions if reciprocal healthcare arrangements aren’t preserved post-Brexit in this NHS Confederation podcast: Listen to the podcast
We’ll also be updating this page throughout the week with more blogs later this week so stay tuned.
If you’re concerned about the impact Brexit could have on your health you can find and write to your MEP
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