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Changes in healthcare from 1st of July 2014
Apr 30th, 2014 at 12:41pm
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The Department of Health has announced that as of the 1st July 2014, visitors to another EEA country will no longer be able to claim reimbursements where they pay part of the cost of their treatment.  Under EU law, visitors with EHIC cards travelling to an EEA country, like Spain, should be treated under the same conditions as people who live in that country. So, if a Spanish state pensioner would normally pay part of the cost of their treatment, then the same would apply to a UK state pensioner. For further information please visit [url]NHS Choiceshttp://www.gov.uk/[/url]
  

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Re: Changes in healthcare from 1st of July 2014
Reply #1 - Apr 30th, 2014 at 5:46pm
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Early retirees are effected not full pensioners.


Changed rules from July 1 2014
What will be changing?

From July 1 2014 you will no longer be able to apply for a residual S1 (formerly residual E106) under which you could currently be entitled to up to 30 months of UK-funded healthcare if you retire early to another EEA country.
What does this mean for me?

Before moving to live abroad, it is important that you check how the healthcare system works in that country and what your entitlement will be if you intend not to work, as this varies from country to country. This means that you will have to access that country’s health system under their rules.

If you are moving abroad on a permanent basis, you will no longer be entitled to medical treatment in the UK under normal NHS rules. This is because the NHS is a residence-based healthcare system. Most people will also not be entitled to use a UK-issued EHIC card to access healthcare abroad.
What if I already have a residual S1?

If you already have a residual S1 this will not affect you – it will continue to be valid until its original expiry date.
What about state pensioners?

If you are a UK state pensioner this will not affect you – S1 forms will still be issued to state pensioners.
Where can I get advice?

For further advice, contact the Overseas Healthcare Team (DWP):
Overseas Healthcare Team
Room MO601, Durham House
Washington
Tyne & Wear
NE38 7SF
Phone 0191 218 1999 (Monday to Friday 8am–5pm).


http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/movingabroad/Pages/residual-S1-for...
  
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