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British Expatriates Will No Longer Get Free NHS Health Care

British Expatriates Will No Longer Get Free NHS Health Care

Retired British expatriates living in Europe will learn that they will no longer be able to use their local health care system for free. The British government is set to take a bold stance on the matter. Putting a stop to those UK citizens under the state retirement age living in Spain or France, who used to get free health care because they did not qualify for such a benefit through their work.

NHS concerned about medical tourism

NHS concerned about medical tourism

According to the Department of Health, the change is set to come into play from the April 1, and it will be part of a cost-cutting strategy. The National Health Service (NHS) who used to fund this free health care abroad, is currently reviewing a series of ideas which should hopefully relieve the NHS from some of its financial burden.

Medical tourism is a huge problem for the National Health Service

In short the move will mean that the NHS will no longer pay any other European state for the health costs of British expatriates who have taken an early retirement. Under the current practice, a high percentage of British expatriates living in Europe under state retirement age send their health care costs to the Treasury.

The Department of Health have stated that they are working hard to make sure the NHS is ‘sustainable and fair for British taxpayers’. The one other important point they made was the changes will only affect those individuals who are making new applications, individuals who already hold the residual S1 form will continue to get free health care until it remains valid.

Medical tourism is a big concern for the NHS, and as such work is being done to make sure the NHS is not overstretched. One of biggest battles the NHS has is with immigrants from around the world taking advantage of UK’s free health care, which provides an open door service. There are estimations showing that the total cost of medical services for people misusing the NHS is as high as £2 billion. Therefore, it is no surprise the NHS want to find a solution to the issue, and one of those avenues will impact on British expatriates living in Europe who have retired before their state pension age.

British Expatriates Will No Longer Get Free NHS Healthcare

Retired British expatriates living in Europe will learn that they will no longer be able to use their local health care system for free. The British government is set to take a bold stance on the matter. Putting a stop to those UK citizens under the state retirement age living in Spain or France, who used to get free health care because they did not qualify for such a benefit through their work.

According to the Department of Health, the change is set to come into play from the April 1, and it will be part of a cost-cutting strategy. The National Health Service (NHS) who used to fund this free health care abroad, is currently reviewing a series of ideas which should hopefully relieve the NHS from some of its financial burden.

Medical tourism is a huge problem for the National Health Service

In short the move will mean that the NHS will no longer pay any other European state for the health costs of British expatriates who have taken an early retirement. Under the current practice, a high percentage of British expatriates living in Europe under state retirement age send their health care costs to the Treasury.

The Department of Health have stated that they are working hard to make sure the NHS is ‘sustainable and fair for British taxpayers’. The one other important point they made was the changes will only affect those individuals who are making new applications, individuals who already hold the residual S1 form will continue to get free health care until it remains valid.

Medical tourism is a big concern for the NHS, and as such work is being done to make sure the NHS is not overstretched. One of biggest battles the NHS has is with immigrants from around the world taking advantage of UK’s free health care, which provides an open door service. There are estimations showing that the total cost of medical services for people misusing the NHS is as high as £2 billion. Therefore, it is no surprise the NHS want to find a solution to the issue, and one of those avenues will impact on British expatriates living in Europe who have retired before their state pension age.

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