HC Deb 18 June 1956 vol 554 cc61-2W
56. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the difficulties British subjects find themselves in when they are taken ill or sustain accidents while travelling abroad otherwise than for employment; and what progress he has made in negotiations to extend the full benefits of the National Health Insurance Act to such persons when travelling in countries with comparable health services.

Mr. Turton

Very few countries have health services sufficiently comparable with our own to make full reciprocity possible. United Kingdom citizens in New Zealand receive medical treatment on the same terms as New Zealand citizens; and an agreement with Sweden signed on 9th June will, when ratified, enable United Kingdom citizens visiting Sweden to make full use of the health services there.