(Reuters Health) – British citizens with HIV who live in Spain could face serious healthcare challenges in the event of a no-deal Brexit, potentially risking public health at large, researchers say.
A no-deal Brexit could leave many patients with HIV or other chronic conditions in the lurch after 2020, authors Jean McHale from the University of Birmingham in the UK and Miguel Ramiro Avilés of the University of Alcalá in Spain wrote in AIDS, online September 26.
“We’re not scare-mongering. We’re indicating to patients that there are concerns (and) that it’s really important that there’s clarity,” McHale said in a phone interview.
At present, European Union law guarantees healthcare to British citizens residing in any other member state. Spain is home to nearly one-third of British nationals living in other EU countries. The UK government reimburses Spain for any health care costs, and Spain pays the costs for its nationals in the UK.
Under the withdrawal agreement…
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