Moving abroad permanently
If you’re moving abroad permanently, you’ll no longer automatically be entitled to medical treatment under normal NHS rules. This is because the NHS is a residence-based healthcare system. You’ll have to notify your GP practice to remove you and your family from the NHS register.
Before leaving for your new destination, it’s important to check what health services are available to you in that country.
Healthcare systems vary from country to country and might not include services you’d expect to get free of charge on the NHS. You may have to pay a patient contribution towards any treatment you get, or it may be necessary to take out health insurance. It’s also important to highlight that the factor treatment available in the UK may not be available in the country you relocate to.
In most countries, you’ll have to register with the relevant authorities. Once you’re registered as a resident to work and make social security (national insurance) contributions, you’ll be entitled to state-run healthcare on the same basis as a resident of that country. Even if you’re not working, many countries expect you to make patient contributions or join a national health insurance scheme.
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
The FCDO’s living in country guides provides advice for British nationals living abroad, including residency, health and benefits, with specific advice for people in countries affected by the UK’s departure from the EU.
Haemophilia Centres and National Member Organisations Abroad
You can find your nearest haemophilia centre abroad via the following links:
- For Europe see – http://www.euhanet.org/centrelocator/
- For the rest of the world see – https://www.wfh.org/en/resources-education/treatment-centre-directory
- Please also find the National Member Organisation in the country you want to move to from the WFH website to see if they can provide further advice for you: https://www.wfh.org/en/about/national-member-organizations
Travelling with a health condition
Buy travel insurance with healthcare cover for your condition. Your EHIC or GHIC will only cover medically necessary treatment. If you need to have treatment while you’re abroad, speak to your doctor in the UK for advice before you travel.
Bringing medicine with you
Before you travel, make sure you either:
- can get any medicine you need in the country you’re going to
- take enough medication to last until you are able to access the healthcare in the country you’re going to
Check with the embassy, high commission or consulate for the country you’re visiting about local rules on any specific medicines.
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