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Old 29.10.2017, 16:19
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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The UK is very generous as you should know, whilst the UK pays your Swiss health insurance, A Swiss pensioner living in the UK has to pay 400 CHF a month Swiss health insurance if they live in the UK. (no free NHS for Swiss pensioners in the UK). The idea is reciprocal health agreement, there is no reciprocation whatsoever.
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No free treatment for us UK pensioners resident in CH- we have 300CHF franchise and have to pay 10% up to 700CHF. My knee replacement cost me therefore 1000CHF. So will the second one in March next year.

My comment however was about UK residents in other EU countries- as there private insurances do NOT have to take on anyone with pre-exisiting conditions- which is key for older retirees in particular.

From Gov.uk: new regs from 2015.

Within the UK, free NHS treatment is provided on the basis of someone being ‘ordinarily resident’. It is not dependent upon nationality, payment of UK taxes, national insurance contributions, being registered with a GP, having an NHS number or owning property in the UK.

As is the case already, most people, who live or work in another EEA country or Switzerland will continue to get free NHS care using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by the country they live in. This means the NHS can reclaim healthcare costs from the original country of residence.

Perhaps you are confused about retirees who have taken early retirement, and are not yet recipients of State Pension. We were in that position when we first moved here in 2009 - OH 63 and me 58. We had to pay Swiss Insurance until OH was in receipt of official UK state pension at 65 (I was then covered as his dependent.


Moreover, under new regs since 2015, UK retireees in EU and Switzerand now have free access to NHS UK, even if resident in other EU country or Switzerland- which was not the case before unless for emergencies using EHIC.

Last edited by Odile; 29.10.2017 at 17:02.
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