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The Social Security (Norway) Order (Northern Ireland) 1991

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PROTOCOL CONCERNING MEDICAL TREATMENT

Supplementary to the Convention on Social Security between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway signed this day.

The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway;

Desiring to provide a national of either of the two Parties during a temporary stay in the territory of the other Party with immediate medical treatment;

Have agreed as follows:

Article 1

(1) For the purpose of this protocol:

(a)“medical treatment” means:

(i)in relation to Great Britain and Northern Ireland and to the Isle of Man, treatment by services provided under national health legislation in force in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man and administered by health authorities or by the Isle of Man Department of Health and Social Security respectively;

(ii)in relation to the Island of Jersey, hospital medical and nursing services, including dental, opthalmic and pharmaceutical services provided by or through the Public Health Committee of the States of Jersey:

(iii)in relation to Norway, benefits provided under Chapter 2 of the National Insurance Act of 17th June 1966;

(b)“nationals” means:

(i)in relation to the United Kingdom, all persons who are recognised by the Government of the United Kingdom as their nationals, provided they are ordinarily resident in the territory of the United Kingdom as defined in the Convention;

(ii)in relation to Norway, Norwegian nationals as defined in the relevant Norwegian legislation;

(c)“competent authority” means:

(i)in relation to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Department of Health;

(ii)in relation to the Isle of Man, the Isle of Man Department of Health and Social Security;

(iii)in relation to Jersey, the Public Health Committee of the States of Jersey;

(iv)in relation to Norway, the Ministry of Social Affairs.

(2) All other terms and expressions have the meaning assigned to them in the Convention.

Article 2

(1) United Kingdom or Norwegian nationals ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom who are temporarily in the territory of Norway and whose condition necessitates immediate medical treatment shall be provided, on the production of a valid passport, with the medical treatment which is required by their condition.

(2) Norwegian or United Kingdom nationals resident in Norway or insured for medical treatment under the Norwegian National Insurance Act who are temporarily in the territory of the United Kingdom and whose condition necessitates immediate medical treatment shall be provided, on production of a valid passport, with treatment which, in the opinion of a member of the medical or dental profession employed in the National Health Service, or under contract to it, is required by their condition.

Article 3

The provisions of Article 2 shall not apply in cases where nationals of one Party go to the territory of the other Party for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment under this Protocol unless the person seeking treatment:

(1) is employed on a ship or vessel registered in the United Kingdom or in the Isle of Man or in the Island of Jersey or in Norway; or

(2) is a passenger on a ship or vessel; and

(3) is employed on the United Kingdom or the Norwegian Continental Shelf Area,

and is taken to the territory of the other Party for the purpose of obtaining necessary medical treatment.

Article 4

Persons covered by Article 3 of the Convention who move from the territory of one Party to become resident in the territory of the other Party shall be entitled to medical treatment under the legislation of the Party in whose territory they have become resident, even in respect of an illness which had occurred during periods when they were subject to the legislation of the other Party. This provision shall not apply in cases where a person moves to the territory of either Party for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment.

Article 5

Detached workers covered by Article 6 of the Convention, including accompanying family members, shall be provided with medical treatment during the period of detachment by the Party in whose territory they have been sent to work. Such persons shall produce documentation as required under that Article.

Article 6

Medical treatment provided under this Protocol shall be available on terms no less favourable, including payment of appropriate charges, than those which apply:

(1) in the case of the United Kingdom, to a person resident in the territory of the United Kingdom; or

(2) in the case of Norway, to a person insured for medical treatment under the National Insurance Act.

Article 7

Apart from charges normally met by nationals of either Party, the costs of medical treatment under this Protocol shall be borne by the competent authorities of each Party, except for those costs which are the responsibility of employers in accordance with the relevant legislation of the Parties.

Article 8

The costs of the transport of persons from the Continental Shelf Areas, ships or vessels to the territory of either Party shall not be borne by the competent authorities of either Party.

Article 9

The competent authorities shall send to each other as soon as possible details of any changes in laws or regulations operating in their respective territories which may significantly affect the nature and scope of services provided under this Protocol.

Article 10

Any disagreement relating to this Protocol shall be resolved by consultation between the competent authorities.

Article 11

This Protocol, which shall enter into force at the same time as the Convention shall form an integral part of the Convention.

In witness whereof the undersigned, duly authorised thereto by their respective Governments, have signed this Protocol.

Done in duplicate at Oslo this 19th day of June 1990 in the English and Norwegian languages, both texts being equally authoritative.

For the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

D. J. E. Ratford

For the Government of the Kingdom of Norway:

Wenche Frogn Sellaeg

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