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Old 06.11.2009, 18:00
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Can AVS Pension be waived permanently?

My wife and I are UK retirees living in Vaud. Up to now bilateral agreements give us as pensioners free health insurance (i.e. claims are paid through Institution commune LaMal).

My wife had paid 18 months contributions to AVS and has started receiving a Swiss Pension of the magnificent sum of 1,200 francs per annum.

She has now been informed that as a 'pensioner' resident here she no longer qualifies under the bilateral arrangement and must start paying for Swiss Health Insurance.

She will now incur an additional cost of at least 2,000 francs per annum!

Simple idea - can she give up receiving the Swiss AVS Pension for ever?
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