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Earlier this month the UK government announced a crackdown on so-called ‘health tourists’. While new measures are aimed at making savings of £500mn by preventing visitors from accessing free NHS care, they will also affect British nationals living abroad. This runs contrary to indications from the Department of Health last year that UK expats would become eligible for NHS treatment if they had ‘previously made a fair contribution’ in terms of taxation.
Under the new legislation, patients must be ‘ordinarily resident’ in order to access any NHS treatment that is deemed to be non-urgent (emergency treatment will continue to be free). NHS managers will be obliged to ask for documentation to prove residency in the UK including passport, nationality, GP name and NHS number. A failure to produce these may result in treatment being denied. Expats who spend more than three months outside the UK are technically ineligible for treatment, even those who may have made UK tax and National Insurance contributions over many years.
We all know that medical treatment can be expensive, and the NHS is no exception. The basic NHS tariff for a problem-free birth on a maternity ward is £2,188, treatment for a stroke is around £7,000. While you may not be a health tourist, you can never predict what could happen when you travel back to the UK. This is yet another reason why if you are an expat living in Asia you need to ensure that you have a comprehensive medical insurance policy which will cover you wherever in the world you go.
Our advisors would be happy to talk through your healthcare requirements and find cover appropriate to your needs and budget. We can offer you the same or better premiums you would get going direct and because we are not tied to one individual insurer we can offer independent advice and a broad range of products in order to help you select the best one for you.
If you would like to know more about health insurance get in touch today.