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recipricol health care for visiting pensioner parents

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    Hi, My parents are due to visit from the UK for about 6 weeks. They are both 69 and health care is an issue particularly for my mum. Im sure they will have some sort of medical insurance but my question is Are they entitled to any reciprical health care as UK residents? If so does anyone know just what they might get?

     

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    Have a read of this

     

    http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/countryguide/NonEEAcountries/Pages/Non-EEAcountries.aspx

     

    They get the basics.

     

    Your parents should really try to get private insurance if they feel they need it. Also to bring any and all medications for the duration (and a Doctors note if they are controlled drugs etc).

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    Thanks for the link Snifter, I did think they would need some sort of insurance but i had hoped they might get some basics free that might keep the cost down, every penny counts n all that x :smile:

     

    Have a read of this

     

    http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/countryguide/NonEEAcountries/Pages/Non-EEAcountries.aspx

     

    They get the basics.

     

    Your parents should really try to get private insurance if they feel they need it. Also to bring any and all medications for the duration (and a Doctors note if they are controlled drugs etc).

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    Both my parents have needed medical treatment of one kind or another when they've been visiting. Emergency treatment is all covered under the reciprocal agreement, and for regular type treatments (e.g. My Dad had bronchitis or something when he was here and went to see a GP) it is worth taking them along to a Medicare office when they first get here so they will be issued with a card and a Medicare number which enables a certain amount to be reclaimed from anything they spend. Take their British passports with them to the Medicare office.

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    Thanks for that info Diane. My mum has Chrons Disease and an associated Liver disease so she will probably need extra insurance to cover those. Do you know if emergency treatment would include any issues with pre diagnosed conditions?

     

     

    Both my parents have needed medical treatment of one kind or another when they've been visiting. Emergency treatment is all covered under the reciprocal agreement, and for regular type treatments (e.g. My Dad had bronchitis or something when he was here and wnt to see a GP) it is worth taking them along to a Medicare office when they first get here so they will be issued with a card and a Medicare number which enables a certain amount to be reclaimed from anything they spend. Take their British passports with them to the Medicare office.

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    Hello Friends,

     

    Pensioners living in Spain even though receiving UK pensions are entitled to free health care under the European Union reciprocal healthcare policy but need to be registered to obtain this. It will give them free prescriptions and access to both urgent and non urgent health care. Application must be made at the local INSALUD office to which you need to take the original and a copy of your passport and something that shows the address where you are living.

    It is becoming increasingly common for British State pensioners to divide their time between the UK and some other EU country.

    Under European law, the health care costs of such an individual remain the responsibility of the member state paying the pension (unless the pensioner receives a pension from both countries in which case the country of residence is responsible). In many EU countries, the pensioner may choose to register as resident in that member state, in which case they can receive treatment in that country and the UK government pays an agreed sum annually to the member state to fulfil its obligation to fund that treatment. While they are in the UK, they are entitled only to treatment that arose during their stay. Registration as resident is not compulsory, and indeed in some EU countries is not an option.

     

    Thanks And Regards.

    Lucy James

     

    I think you will find Adelaide isn't in Spain though, Lucy! And Australia last time I checked isn't in Europe........

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    Thanks for that info Diane. My mum has Chrons Disease and an associated Liver disease so she will probably need extra insurance to cover those. Do you know if emergency treatment would include any issues with pre diagnosed conditions?

     

    Well, my father in law has had two heart bypasses, and angina, and when he suffered a bad angina attack while here he was taken into Flinders Hospital and had a stent put in, didn't have to pay a penny...... They liaised with his specialist in the UK - they were very good.

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    I'm sure they are covered under the commonwealth and agreements for medical cover whilst visiting..

    insurance is always worth while should as it does not cover repatriation ...

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    Thanks Diane, Thats interesting. my main concern was treatment related to ongoing conditions.

     

    QUOTE=Diane;244318]Well, my father in law has had two heart bypasses, and angina, and when he suffered a bad angina attack while here he was taken into Flinders Hospital and had a stent put in, didn't have to pay a penny...... They liaised with his specialist in the UK - they were very good.

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