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NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

Hi,

Is NHS dentistry available for a British National living in Switzerland? It's been that long I've misplaced my NI number.. how do I get it again?

I understand NHS dentists are subsidized a lot, I've quite a lot of work to have done on my teeth and in CH the price is just too much for me right now.

Thank you in advance for your advice.
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Old 19.11.2013, 20:08
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

I was under the impression that if you don't currently live in the UK you are not entitled to any NHS services.
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Old 19.11.2013, 20:12
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Hi,

Is NHS dentistry available for a British National living in Switzerland? It's been that long I've misplaced my NI number.. how do I get it again?

I understand NHS dentists are subsidized a lot, I've quite a lot of work to have done on my teeth and in CH the price is just too much for me right now.

Thank you in advance for your advice.
No it's not, unless you wish to pay tax to the UK on your world wide earnings & claim to be dual resident. TBH it will be cheaper to just go privately
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

As he says, no. But your first problem would be to find an NHS dentist nowadays. Most of them opted out quite a while ago now.
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

oh that's a pitty. How's it work in France, I might move over the border?! Sometimes I think its better value paying for universal health care direct out of taxes...
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

Go privately to a dentist in Germany.

Dentist in Germany?

http://www.zahnarzt-empfehlung.de/zahnarztsuche

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oh that's a pitty. How's it work in France, I might move over the border?! Sometimes I think its better value paying for universal health care direct out of taxes...
That's not how it works in France. Yes, they have a national health insurance scheme, but you have to pay for all treatment and claim it back later, so unless you're a French taxpayer you have no chance.

I still get my dental treatment in France (where I'm posting from tonight), even though as an official Swiss resident and taxpayer I can't claim anything back, but it's both cheaper and better (in my own experience, having found a good French dentist) than Switzerland (where the dentists I used were not so good).

Edit: I see sbrinz recommends Germany, which may be equally good and cheap or cheaper for all I know. As you don't seem to have a Swiss location it's difficult to know which would be best for you.
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

For anyone in the Lausanne, Yverdon, Neuchatel area, my French dentist is great. Young, cute, gentle and very good. Receptionist does not speak English though, and they don't (yet- I nag him all the time) take credit card.

Docteur Laurent Pusard
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I was under the impression that if you don't currently live in the UK you are not entitled to any NHS services.
The fact is: normally, the NHS service providers don't care where you're from. We're taking school classes to the UK on a regular basis. And we've had our fair share of minor accidents, digestion issues / food poisoning etc. etc. and none of our students ever had to pay a cent.

So while technically, you're not entitled to free treatment, I guess it depends on whether your dentist cares or not.
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The fact is: normally, the NHS service providers don't care where you're from. We're taking school classes to the UK on a regular basis. And we've had our fair share of minor accidents, digestion issues / food poisoning etc. etc. and none of our students ever had to pay a cent.

So while technically, you're not entitled to free treatment, I guess it depends on whether your dentist cares or not.
You would be entitled to EMERGENCY treatment, just not regular check ups.
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

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You would be entitled to EMERGENCY treatment, just not regular check ups.
ok, I stand corrected then - so if I developed acute toothache, they'd treat me for free? Still very nice, I'd say. If it's an emergency, they make you pay through the nose here
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

If you crack a tooth because of a fall they will- but not if the treatment is clearly due to long term neglect or damage. They might patch up- but not likely to do root canal and a crown

We were in UK recently with cousins from Arizona. She fell out of the car and ripped all the skin of one shin. Ambulance called to Mway station, followed by ambulance to Bedford A&E, and treatment. They took her name, address and all detail, including insurance (they had expensive private insurance)- but on departure they said as it was clearly an emergency, there would be no cost. Personally I felt they should have charged as they were clearly well insured- The NHS has such problems at the moment.
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If you crack a tooth because of a fall they will- but not if the treatment is clearly due to long term neglect or damage. They might patch up- but not likely to do root canal and a crown

We were in UK recently with cousins from Arizona. She fell out of the car and ripped all the skin of one shin. Ambulance called to Mway station, followed by ambulance to Bedford A&E, and treatment. They took her name, address and all detail, including insurance (they had expensive private insurance)- but on departure they said as it was clearly an emergency, there would be no cost. Personally I felt they should have charged as they were clearly well insured- The NHS has such problems at the moment.
Emergency treatment in a NHS hospital is free, unless it's a car accident, in which case the insurance company will pay a fixed fee.
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

Is it allowed?
No.

If you have an address in the UK to give will anyone check up on your residence status? Also no.
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Is it allowed?
No.

If you have an address in the UK to give will anyone check up on your residence status? Also no.
You can give any address in the UK , they won't know your residence status as you don't have to register where you live.
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

Perfect.. the feedback is a lot brighter now! Notice its not an open smile with my cavities! I've relatives in the UK so getting an address is no problem. I just need my National Insurance number to present I guess.
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Perfect.. the feedback is a lot brighter now! Notice its not an open smile with my cavities! I've relatives in the UK so getting an address is no problem. I just need my National Insurance number to present I guess.
I doubt they will ask, is it even computerised in the UK
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

If you have quiet a lot of work to be done, not so sure you will find the total NHS charges so low.
Many people I know prefer to pay the Private fees, unless someone is on benefits, then in that case the charges are much lower & in some cases free.

If we had dental work, we would try & combine with holiday to Greece. Noticed other countries also mentioned. Hopefully others will mention some more.

Good luck, hope you get good advice & work done.
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Re: NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals?

I was at my UK dentist last week, private dentist in Glasgow.
Check up, 2 xrays and a scale and polish (because the hygienist was on holiday).
Total bill was 36

Check up and filling is usually about 60

If you are going to UK anyways, it's well worth it to retain a dentist there.
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Is it allowed?
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If you have an address in the UK to give will anyone check up on your residence status? Also no.
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Perfect.. the feedback is a lot brighter now! Notice its not an open smile with my cavities! I've relatives in the UK so getting an address is no problem. I just need my National Insurance number to present I guess.
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I was at my UK dentist last week, private dentist in Glasgow.
Check up, 2 xrays and a scale and polish (because the hygienist was on holiday).
Total bill was 36

Check up and filling is usually about 60

If you are going to UK anyways, it's well worth it to retain a dentist there.
This could be described as using decpetion to obtain a free/subsidised service for which other people pay for..
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