Figures produced by the Department of Health show that, since 2007-8, the UK has paid £6.18billion in health costs for British citizens in Europe – but has received just £405million back in costs for EU citizens getting treatment in the UK.
Brexit campaigners claim the huge difference in treatment costs shows the UK is getting a bad deal.
Vote Leave’s Gisela Stuart said: “The UK has been short-changed by the EU for years. We hand over £350million to Brussels every week but get less than half of that back.
“If we vote Leave we will be able to stop handing over so much money to the EU and spend on priorities here in the UK, like investing in the NHS.”
The senior Labour MP added: “If we Vote Leave we will be able to stop handing over so much money to the EU and we would be able to spend our money on priorities here in the UK like abolishing prescription charges and investing in the NHS.”
However, in its latest piece of scaremongering, the Remain camp claimed that if the deal was abolished in the way called for by Vote Leave, it would force British citizens to pay up thousands of pounds of costs in Europe if they become ill.
James McGrory, of Britain Stronger In Europe, said: “I congratulate Vote Leave for their honesty in admitting that they would leave British holidaymakers out of pocket by forcing them to cover the cost of treatment in EU countries.
“Falling ill away from home is worrying enough, and the European Health Insurance Card allows British families to access the best available care without having to worry about the costs.”