16 / 10 / 2017
27 million people in the UK currently use a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive healthcare from within the EU. In the fourth episode of the NHS European Office's Brexit podcast series we hear from Maddy Warren, a dialysis patient on the repercussions for her if reciprocal healthcare arrangements aren’t preserved post-Brexit.
This episode also explores the existing work around rare diseases, as Alastair Kent of Genetic Alliance UK explains why maintaining existing collaborations at EU level is essential for rare disease patients. The discussion also explores how European Reference Networks are currently allowing healthcare providers in the UK to tackle rare diseases through collaborative working with the EU and the implications for patients if the UK was no longer part of these networks.
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