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Paying for health care in the UK?

Old Jul 13th 2007, 1:43 am
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Originally Posted by Shivster
National Insurance is nothing to do with the NHS. The NHS is soley funded by tax contributions. It's residence based not citizenship based.
Just to go back to the original question....I'm a bit confused now.....if it is residence based (so that in our case when we move back we will be resident in the UK for the foreseeable future), what about the fact that we haven't paid into the tax system for 4.5 years?
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Originally Posted by Shivster
National Insurance is nothing to do with the NHS. The NHS is soley funded by tax contributions. It's residence based not citizenship based.
okay - so does that mean that buying the NI stamps keeps you in for the state pension? is that what they're for?

good thing we've got private medical cover if we cant get back into the NHS
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Originally Posted by Jessie James
Just to go back to the original question....I'm a bit confused now.....if it is residence based (so that in our case when we move back we will be resident in the UK for the foreseeable future), what about the fact that we haven't paid into the tax system for 4.5 years?
once you're back in the UK as a resident you'll be eligible for the NHS - that much I do know
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Old Jul 13th 2007, 3:19 am
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Originally Posted by islandmom
okay - so does that mean that buying the NI stamps keeps you in for the state pension? is that what they're for?

good thing we've got private medical cover if we cant get back into the NHS
Yep...it's for the pension not NHS.
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Old Jul 13th 2007, 3:43 am
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Originally Posted by Jessie James
Just to go back to the original question....I'm a bit confused now.....if it is residence based (so that in our case when we move back we will be resident in the UK for the foreseeable future), what about the fact that we haven't paid into the tax system for 4.5 years?
That doesn't matter, it's where you live as your perm residence that counts.
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Originally Posted by Jessie James
Can I ask what tax forms you mean? I remember completing a UK form to get a tax rebate for that tax year when we moved here but don't remember anything about becoming a non-resident although the form was linked to leaving the UK.....wish I could remember!
I just called them, told them I was off and gave them my overseas addy.
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