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Hey guys & Girls, hope your all well.


Been living here since last August, have a good flat and a permenant Job and have been together with my Swiss girlfriend for nearly two years now.


Problem is I am really missing home but we recently found out my girlfriend is pregnant which is fantastic news for us....but obviously it now complicates things.


She has said before that she would be happy coming back to the UK with me as she is very close to my Family, I just wanted to know whether anybody knew how it worked with the NHS in regards to the Baby?


I think she would like to have the Baby here with her doctor which I completely understand but if we were to head back home after I don't know how our health care System works in regards to the new Baby and also my girlfriend when we are not married...have looked online but I can only find Information about visotors not People staying in the UK.


As always any help or experience is much appreciated
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Re: NHS question

Care for pregnant women here is far better than what you'll receive in the UK. Better to wait until the baby is born before making the move.

Oh, and congratulations
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Care for pregnant women here is far better than what you'll receive in the UK. Better to wait until the baby is born before making the move.

Oh, and congratulations


Thanks


Its more just finding out all our options and how it would work if we went back home after whether they would get automatic care or if ist more complicated than that
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Care for pregnant women here is far better than what you'll receive in the UK. Better to wait until the baby is born before making the move.

Oh, and congratulations
That's a pretty broad sweeping statement; it all depends where you have the baby.
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Old 13.06.2016, 11:52
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Re: NHS question

Over 18 years ago, we had three kids born in the NHS - the care was excellent in all three places. Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bath and Harold Wood.

Your girlfriends is entitled to NHS care as a Swiss citizen, if she is resident in the UK. At least, under the current situation wrt the EU.
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That's a pretty broad sweeping statement; it all depends where you have the baby.
Two scans, and kicked out of hospital 24 hours after the birth is the norm on the NHS.

Here, scans every few weeks and proper aftercare.
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Two scans, and kicked out of hospital 24 hours after the birth is the norm on the NHS.

Here, scans every few weeks and proper aftercare.
Boh, it´s a wonder anybody is still alive in the UK.
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Has the OP actually been contributing to the NHS while here? It is little wonder the NHS is in trouble...
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Re: NHS question

Technically you need to be permenently resident in the UK for 3 or 6 months ( can't remember exactly which now as they changed it recently)to be eligible for free care under the NHS.
In practice not many GP practices enforce this and your girlfriend and baby will in all likelihood get any treatment they need for free especially as they'll be living with you. Even if you do have to pay privately for some things initially it will almost certainly still work out cheaper than paying the health insurance premiums in Switzerland.
Nobody is denied emergency treatment in the UK.


The info is all here but you may need to plough through quite a few pages of the linked documents in order to find the exact info you need.

http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNH...m-the-eea.aspx

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Two scans, and kicked out of hospital 24 hours after the birth is the norm on the NHS.

Here, scans every few weeks and proper aftercare.
Why do you need to stay in hospital so long after the birth? Is it to save on rent?
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Has the OP actually been contributing to the NHS while here? It is little wonder the NHS is in trouble...
If they move to the UK, and are resident there, then it's covered and I'm surprised you're saying it shouldn't be. People who have recently moved to the UK should be denied UK health services? Where are they meant to go if they have an accident?

If they're not resident in the UK then the NHS will cross-charge to the Swiss system (and hence the person's Swiss health insurance).
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Has the OP actually been contributing to the NHS while here? It is little wonder the NHS is in trouble...


Obviously she hasn't as she is swiss, read the article before making a sarcy remark...


But if it makes you fell any better the NHS has been taking my money my whole working life and I haven't been to the doctors/Hospital once so pretty sure im in credit with them which I am happy to share with my girlfriend
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Why do you need to stay in hospital so long after the birth? Is it to save on rent?
Assistance in getting the baby to breastfeed. In case of post birth complications (baby and mother). Receiving hospital care makes it easier for the mother to recover from the birth.
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Obviously she hasn't as she is swiss, read the article before making a sarcy remark...


But if it makes you fell any better the NHS has been taking my money my whole working life and I haven't been to the doctors/Hospital once so pretty sure im in credit with them which I am happy to share with my girlfriend
It's not up to you to share you NHS benefits, they are not transferable. Your Girlfriend is either entitled to treatment as a resident or she is not.
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Assistance in getting the baby to breastfeed. In case of post birth complications (baby and mother). Receiving hospital care makes it easier for the mother to recover from the birth.
My wife has been a midwife for almost 30 years, 10 in the UK and 20 here. When she first arrived she was shocked how many women stayed for so long, when they could have gone home the next day. The longer the woman stays in hospital, the more they can charge the insurance companies.
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It's not up to you to share you NHS benefits, they are not transferable. Your Girlfriend is either entitled to treatment as a resident or she is not.


I know that I was being sarcastic, but saying she shouldn't recieve any help without contributing anything is just an irrelevant remark
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I know that I was being sarcastic, but saying she shouldn't recieve any help without contributing anything is just an irrelevant remark
Why is it irrelevant, surely fraud & theft should not be encouraged.
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My wife has been a midwife for almost 30 years, 10 in the UK and 20 here. When she first arrived she was shocked how many women stayed for so long, when they could have gone home the next day. The longer the woman stays in hospital, the more they can charge the insurance companies.
This is true, but I think all things considered it's better to stay a couple of days longer. Preferable to have someone else to feed and care for you when you're getting to know your new baby.

The antenatal care is also better here.
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Why is it irrelevant, surely fraud & theft should not be encouraged.


Seem to be drifting off point here....I just wanted to know how the system works whether she would potentially be covered as we will have a child together or whether initially it would go through her swiss insurance.


So for someone to come along and think were heading back to the UK to somehow "exploit the system" is a bit of a joke considering I like most have contributed to that system my whole working life without ever taking something from it...


Alles klar?
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So for someone to come along and think were heading back to the UK to somehow "exploit the system" is a bit of a joke considering I like most have contributed to that system my whole working life without ever taking something from it...


Alles klar?


Still, the fact remains that this is not transferable so the fact that you have paid in all your life does not help your wife/partner in any way
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