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Expat Tip of the Day:
“Learning the language (or attempting to do so) shows respect for the culture you are in. It is extremely arrogant to expect all peoples of the world to speak english while not attempting to learn theirs. I have found that if I try (and fail miserably) to communicate in their language, they will respect that I have tried and work just as hard to communicate in whatever language we can find in common.” – Response from ExpatExchange.com’s Expat Life Survey
Expat Slice of Life:
The Expat Slice of Life section is taken from a thread on one of our forums, one of the key components of EE Connect, ExpatExchange.com’s social networking service for expats. Today, we focus on Pregnancy in the U.K.:
I am relocating to London for 2 years, within which my wife and I are planning to have our second child. Could someone speak to how coverage works in the UK? I expect it is covered by NHS, but wondering if someone could provide any details.
We were never quite certain how it all worked out, but we had been told to wait 6 months before registering with our local surgery. Years later we were told that wasn’t the case and, as long as we were paying NHI and with a visa that allowed it, we were eligible from day one. Apparently, there’s a form (or, set of forms) that you can fill out upon arrival to get your NHI number and get your tax stuff off and running. We missed that, but it’s worth looking for in your case.
We had a baby with the NHS and it was an amazing experience for both of us. Pre, during and post care (house visits to check up on you and the baby!) were amazing! Maybe we were lucky, but we heard nothing but good things abour our local trust from others as well. The midwifes are incredible and it’s a shame that profession doesn’t exist in the US as it does in the UK.
Once we thought we were pregnant, it was down to surgery for a blood test, confirmation and then the NHS kicks into high gear. Everything is planned and organized. Just show up and it all works well. At least, that was as easy as it was for us. Never signed anything or gave an extra penny from our pockets. It was a great experience.
As things get going, please come back and ask more questions and we’d be glad to share details.
Out in the Wild Blue Yonder
For those Americans in our audience, if you are still undecided about the candidate you are going to vote for, here is an article about Science and Tech issues from Foxnews.com that might help you at least decide whether or not to vote for Obama or McCain. I always find these to be helpful when they provide a little synopsis about the candidates positions, although as a responsible voter, I should still go out and assess these issues in greater detail. I’d also really like it if Foxnews and other outlets would give more play to the third party candidates!
Here’s an article from Timesonline.co.uk about Bush’s speech at the U.N. today.