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Brexit - what does this mean for holidays/travel abroad with dialysis?

The BKPA knows how important it is for you and your family to have a break, which is why we support patients with grants to do so, and also work in partnership and fund the Freedom dialysis holiday swap service. We have had lots of questions about what the impact of the referendum vote to leave the European Union will mean; right now, nothing has changed. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) card allows you to access state provided healthcare in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries. The EHIC is available free of charge at the following web site or phone 0300 3301350.

EHIC cards are still valid, and will continue to be as normal. Within the European Economic Area (EEA) the EHIC will entitle patients to renal dialysis for free or at a reduced cost, but patients will as ever need to make arrangements directly with the provider in advance of their visit. UK residents are also entitled to reciprocal treatment for dialysis in Australia and New Zealand. The NHS in England has in place this helpful guidance which has not changed https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2013/05/dafb-faqs.pdf

The BKPA will be representing the interests of kidney patients during the period of change and we hope that reciprocal arrangements can be set up as they already do in some parts of the world.

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