As the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) reached the partnership agreement in the end of 2020 that will govern their future relations, the answer was finally received to many questions that worried everyone, whose life is related to that country. The Lithuanian residents, who are going to the UK or residing there, their relatives staying in Lithuania, and the business community also received clear information about payment for medical services.
The National Health Insurance Fund under the Ministry of Health (NHIF) notes that according to the aforementioned partnership agreement, several important rules on provision of personal health care services and their payment shall be valid for the persons insured in Lithuania (similarly to other EU Member States) for 15 years.
First of all, the persons who are insured with compulsory health insurance (CHI) in Lithuania, will be able to use the European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) or certificates substituting them issued by the territorial health insurance funds in the UK territory. The medical services provided on the basis of these documents shall be paid by the territorial units of the UK National Health Service (NHS) in accordance with the national legal acts. NHIF then will compensate these expenses from the Compulsory Health Insurance Fund (CHIF).
Secondly, the persons insured with CHI in Lithuania may be referred to the UK medical institutions for scheduled medical services in the procedure established by the Minister of Health. The UK NHS territorial units will pay for the medical services on the basis of S2 document issued by NHIF in accordance with the national legal acts and NHIF will compensate these expenses from CHIF.
Thirdly, the persons, who will move to the UK and who are receiving pension of the national health insurance provided in the Lithuanian laws, will be able to get document S1 in the territorial health insurance fund. When this document is registered in the UK NHS territorial unit, these persons will be able to receive medical services under the same conditions as the UK pensioners. The UK NHS territorial units will pay for the medical services in accordance with the national legal acts and NHIF will compensate these expenses from CHIF.
It should be noted that the persons insured with CHI in Lithuania will be entitled to compensation of the necessary medical aid services according to the prices of such services valid in the UK or according to the prices of equivalent services valid in Lithuania.
Relevant for the students – the young persons from Lithuania studying in the UK (who have entered the UK higher education institutions before 31 December 2020) will continue to be insured by the State-funded CHI in Lithuania. These persons will be entitled to the necessary medical aid in the UK on the basis of the EHIC issued by the territorial health insurance funds.
NHIF notes that the Lithuanian residents who return from the UK back to Lithuania have to declare their residence, to become permanent Lithuanian residents again, and to get registered in the CHI system. It means that they will have to pay CHI contributions or that they will receive State-funded CHI if they belong to the group of socially vulnerable persons.
Meanwhile, the persons coming from the UK to Lithuania for a brief period should take care about their insurance and get a EHIC or certificate of a new example in the NHS unit. If the persons have these documents, they will receive services of necessary medical aid in Lithuania free of charge. The health insurance fund will pay these expenses from CHIF to the medical institutions and later these expenses will be compensated by the UK for Lithuania.
The NHIF invites you:
Your questions are welcome by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: local (8 5) 232 2222, international +370 5 232 2222