By Joshua Wood
Summary: Are you eligible for coverage under UK's National Health Service (NHS)? Do you also need exapat health insurance? This article provides an overview.
Expats in the U.K. that are working there can become eligible for coverage under the National Health Service. Here are a few health care tips from expats already in the UK (taken from our UK expat forum):
Also note that when you are covered by NHS, a GP will be a gatekeeper that must refer you to specialists. Long waits can occur for these specialists, and for test and procedures that are not considered to be urgent. Having supplemental insurance gives some expats peace of mind to avoid these if needed. NHS provides information about NHS waiting times.
Below you will find links to explanations of what expats in the U.K. can expect to receive in terms of NHS benefits. Please note that the site clearly states that these documents are for GUIDANCE purposes only. Each individual's situation will be interpreted according to relevant NHS regulations for Overseas Visitors.
Healthcare for Expats in the U.K.: Are you engaging in employment in United Kingdom (UK)? - Expats will find an explanation for what they are entitled to while working in the U.K.
Healthcare for Expats in the U.K.: Are you taking up or resuming permanent residence in the UK? - You can find an explanation to what care you are entitled to as a permanent resident - and when you will be considered a permanent resident under the system - by reading this document.
NHS Choices site. Provides lots of official information and health care information.
PLEASE NOTE THAT REGULATIONS CAN CHANGE AT ANY TIME. CONTACT NHS FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION.
First Published: Oct 24, 2010