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Old Aug 3rd 2015, 7:04 pm
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Am currently UK non-resident, in Saudi, contracting.
Can I use full NHS services when visiting UK or just A&E?

If I pay NI contributions, will this enable NHS services?
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Old Aug 3rd 2015, 7:12 pm
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Depends on how long you have been out of UK, but you state you are non resident (presumably non tax paying also) so just on this info I would say you are eligible for just A&E for emergency treatment.

No, paying NIC does not make you eligible for NHS.

Notice you asked this same question in June..... my answer is the same as the others.

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Originally Posted by magnification View Post
Am currently UK non-resident, in Saudi, contracting.
Can I use full NHS services when visiting UK or just A&E?

If I pay NI contributions, will this enable NHS services?
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Old Aug 4th 2015, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by magnification View Post
Am currently UK non-resident, in Saudi, contracting.
Can I use full NHS services when visiting UK or just A&E?

If I pay NI contributions, will this enable NHS services?
Walk in see the doctor and get fixed . Half the worlds doing mate , don't feel bad either .

I have a NHS doctor and dentist and have never worked in the UK for over 15 years
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Originally Posted by co durham boy View Post
Walk in see the doctor and get fixed . Half the worlds doing mate , don't feel bad either .

I have a NHS doctor and dentist and have never worked in the UK for over 15 years
My husband was asked for proof of residence in the UK, worth bearing in mind that if you're asked for the same and get caught, you'll get a very hefty bill.
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My husband was asked for proof of residence in the UK, worth bearing in mind that if you're asked for the same and get caught, you'll get a very hefty bill.
I have proof of residence and you'll never ever get caught .
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Originally Posted by co durham boy View Post
I have proof of residence and you'll never ever get caught .
Rules and checks have been tightened up a lot very recently, and it's all to do with people like you using the NHS illegally.
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Originally Posted by mikelincs View Post
Rules and checks have been tightened up a lot very recently, and it's all to do with people like you using the NHS illegally.
'people like you' hahaha.

Surely if you have international medical (I have global BUPA) then you can get treated in the UK quickly and easily?
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Originally Posted by co durham boy View Post
I have proof of residence and you'll never ever get caught .
I know of a UK hospital which employs one person dedicated to identifying and chasing people not entitled to free care. But I don't know if he concentrates on non-Brits, or discriminates between Brits (ie expats) and non-Brits, or both (or neither).

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Originally Posted by Scamp View Post
'people like you' hahaha.

Surely if you have international medical (I have global BUPA) then you can get treated in the UK quickly and easily?
WTF, Who was talking about BUPA, the whole thread is about the NHS, nothing to do with private cover, and, if you are not a UK resident, or a UK pensioner, then you should be paying for any NHs treatment outside the A&E depts, that was my reason for the comment as codurhamboy was saying he felt entitled to use the NHS for free even though he doesn't live in the UK and hasn't done so for 15 years.
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Originally Posted by mikelincs View Post
WTF, Who was talking about BUPA, the whole thread is about the NHS, nothing to do with private cover, and, if you are not a UK resident, or a UK pensioner, then you should be paying for any NHs treatment outside the A&E depts, that was my reason for the comment as codurhamboy was saying he felt entitled to use the NHS for free even though he doesn't live in the UK and hasn't done so for 15 years.
Alright, calm down I was just asking a question.

The link posted says;
The charges only apply to hospitals – appointments with GPs and accident and emergency treatment remain free.
So if I was back in the UK and needed a prescription or something from a GP, it would be free regardless?
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Originally Posted by mikelincs View Post
Rules and checks have been tightened up a lot very recently, and it's all to do with people like you using the NHS illegally.
People like me , i'm one of those yeah . A one that has property , business interests and employs people in the UK and has invested thousands into the country and the economy .

People like me aye and i only want some cough medicine and a filling . I probably contribute to the decrepid system more than you and i havent lived their full time for 15 years .

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Originally Posted by co durham boy View Post
People like me , i'm one of those yeah . A one that has property , business interests and employs people in the UK and has invested thousands into the country and the economy .
Oh, well, that's ok then.
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Originally Posted by christmasoompa View Post
Oh, well, that's ok then.
I believe it is yes
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Originally Posted by Scamp View Post
Alright, calm down I was just asking a question.

The link posted says;


So if I was back in the UK and needed a prescription or something from a GP, it would be free regardless?
If you are a pensioner, yes, if not the GP visit and prescription would be charged.
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