No no. The provision of free health care is a widespread misunderstanding. The agreement provides health care at the same level and the same costs as a national of the country should expect and is really only for emergencies. Like the EU, a mutual agreement excludes return costs. Britain has agreements with several countries on health care and social security, but the agreements are concluded by many Commonwealth states. If you are seconded to the UK from an EEA country or Switzerland, please read what happens if I am a seconded worker from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland?. The answers to the following questions assume that you are from a non-EEA/Switzerland country with which the UK has a bilateral social security agreement. Mutual health agreements exist with the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) and a handful of other nations: the ECA does not apply outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Be sure to mention the mutual health agreement with the UK and have all the necessary evidence documents when you have access to health care. The agreements do not cover the cost of repatriation to the UK (repatriation) or routine monitoring of existing conditions. Note: Reciprocal health care agreements with the following countries were denounced in 2016: the EEA agreements will expire on 31 December 2020, when the transition period under the EU withdrawal agreement will end. The UK government has not yet announced an agreement as of January 2021. For migrants subject to reciprocal agreement, contributions to social security authorities in the United Kingdom and the country of origin under the agreement are counted when determining the right to benefits payable by each country.
The agreement contains detailed rules for different types of benefits and information on whether a worker is receiving benefits from the UK or his country of origin. The agreement with New Zealand deals with the UK`s national legislation on the consideration of social security contributions. There is a list of countries with which the UK has GOV.UK social security agreements.