Hi Ian, we just went up to the hospital (at main door, straight on then turn right, office at the end)produced our E121 filled in a small form and we were told to come back the following day. To our suprise they were there waiting for us!!!!! Hope Mum & Dad are doing well
Ian, you are most welcome, glad to hear that Mum got hers sorted and hope that Dad does not have to wait too long. I know that some of the other members would love to know how Mum & Dad are doing?
Since they are residents of Cyprus, they do indeed need Cyprus EHIC cards when visiting the UK. The UK rules have changed. Entitlement to NHS care in the UK depends on residency not nationality. They could return to live 6 months and 1 day each year in the UK and thereby be re-entitled.
You apply to the Cyprus Ministry of Health for your Cyprus EHIC cards. Their site will take you to the appropriate form to download and complete. HTH
Has anyone been able to get the Cyprus EHIC with an E106 and pink hospital card.
Went to Paralimni hospital today to fill in the forms but was told they could not do with the E106.
If it had been an E121 it would be OK to get one.
This information applies to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
NHS charges and people from abroad
Your entitlement to free NHS treatment depends on the length and purpose of your residence in the UK, not your nationality. There may be charges for some NHS services, for example, your dental treatment, and you may be entitled to help with these charges. Any free NHS treatment you receive, or any help with NHS costs, does not affect your immigration status.
If you are entitled to it, you can obtain free treatment immediately. There is no qualifying period.
Treatment which is always free of charge
Some hospital treatment is free of charge for everyone who needs it, regardless of how long they have been or intend to stay in the UK. This is:-
treatment for accidents and emergencies as an outpatient in a hospital’s accident and emergency department. Emergency treatment in a walk-in centre is also free of charge (England and Wales only). However, if you are referred to an outpatient clinic or admitted to hospital from an accident and emergency department, you will be charged
compulsory psychiatric treatment
treatment for certain communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis, cholera, food poisoning, malaria and meningitis. Testing for the HIV virus and counselling following a test are both free of charge, but any necessary subsequent treatment and medicines may have to be paid for
family planning services.
Who can receive all NHS treatment free of charge
Some people from abroad can receive all NHS hospital treatment free of charge. If you are entitled to free NHS hospital treatment, your spouse, civil partner and dependent child(ren) will also be able to receive free treatment, but only if they live with you permanently in the UK.
You can receive free NHS hospital treatment if you:-
have been living legally in the UK for at least 12 months when you seek treatment, and did not come to the UK for private medical treatment. Temporary absences from the UK of up to three months are ignored
have come to the UK to take up permanent residence, for example, if you are a former UK resident who has returned from abroad, or if you have been granted leave to enter or remain as a spouse
have come to the UK to work, either as an employee or self-employed person. This does not include people on short business trips
normally work in the UK, but are temporarily working abroad, have at least 10 years continuous residence in the UK, and have been abroad for less than 5. However, if you are studying abroad you are not entitled to free NHS treatment
are receiving a UK war disablement pension or war widows’ pension
are an asylum seeker or have been granted exceptional leave to remain or refugee status. Proof of your immigration status from the Home Office may be required. In England and Scotland, if you're refused asylum, you have the right to free treatment if you have temporary admission. In Wales, there are plans to change the rules and you might get free treatment. If you’re asked to pay, get advice about how to challenge the charge
are imprisoned in the UK or detained by UK immigration authorities
are a UK state pensioner who spends up to six months a year living in another European Economic Area (EEA) state, but are not a resident of that state
are working in another EEA country, or in Switzerland, but are paying compulsory UK national insurance contributions
are a student following a course of study which lasts at least six months, or is substantially funded by the UK government.
EEA countries are the European Union countries and Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway.
Visitors who can receive NHS hospital treatment free of charge
You and your dependants are entitled to free NHS hospital treatment if your need for it arose during your visit to the UK. A medical opinion may be needed in order to decide if treatment should be provided free of charge. You have the right to free NHS hospital treatment if:-
you are a national of an European Economic Area (EEA) country, living in an EEA state or Switzerland, or a refugee or stateless person living in an EEA state or Switzerland, or you are a non-EEA national who lives in an EU state and pays national insurance contributions there
you normally live abroad, and are receiving a UK state pension, and have lived in the UK in the past for at least ten years
you have lived in the UK for at least ten years in the past, but now live in an EEA state, or in a non-EEA state with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement
you are a national, or a resident of certain non-EEA countries, with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement.
In addition, people from some countries can get free hospital treatment if they have been referred to the UK for that treatment, under the terms of the reciprocal agreement. There are also special arrangements with certain countries which enable people from outside the UK to get free treatment. The Department of Health can give details of countries with which the UK has a reciprocal agreement and for which there are special arrangements
As well as all the postings and Lynsab's very comprehensive list covering all the rules, Tina Torment sent the following link to my topic this week entitled 'Healthcare and Hospital Treatment' which may be helpful to your mum and dad. It explains the paperwork required for different circumstances. Am still trying to get my head around it.
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