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Offline Maik

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Expat 'No deal' NHS cover
« on: Wednesday, 11 September, 2019 @ 16:13:07 »
Brexit: Will Britons in the EU have to pay for NHS treatment?

We were asked by Doug Young, a British citizen who lives in the Czech Republic, if British citizens who live in the European Union (EU) would have NHS healthcare when visiting the UK, once the European Health Insurance card (EHIC) becomes invalid after Brexit.

The EHIC card would no longer be valid if there was a no-deal Brexit.

The short answer to Doug's question is: some British citizens in the EU would still get free NHS healthcare if this were to happen - and some would not.

If there's a no-deal Brexit, your EHIC card will no longer be valid.

So, what about those existing rights to free NHS treatment?

The government says that if you are a UK pensioner, student or posted worker in the EU, your rights would not change.

But, when it comes to UK citizens in the EU who rely on the EHIC card for free NHS treatment - their rights would not be protected. The UK government website, updated on 28 August 2019, says: "You should not expect to be able to use NHS services for free when visiting the UK.

"You should take out appropriate travel insurance when visiting the UK, as you would when visiting any other country."

On the NHS website: Healthcare in Greece: Living in Greece after Brexit

Offline Jolly Roger

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Re: Expat 'No deal' NHS cover
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 12 September, 2019 @ 08:34:23 »
Even in a no deal scenario, the EHIC could still be valid for visitors to the EU countries and to Britain, if reciprical arrangements are made with individual countries.

The EHIC is only valid for emergency treatment and visitors to other countries are always advised to include medical insurance in their travel plans.