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iamjames:
For 400 years the british invaded and conquered much of the world. The message was always: Our queen is Your queen. You are part of OUR commonwealth.
The problem now is that the many millions from those countries come to the shores of the UK saying "we have come to see "OUR" Queen or we have come to see "OUR" country. Now the healthcare rules become complicated because we cannot be seen to be racist. . How do we solve this VERY complicated problem?

LOL - I am Irish so I just sit back and laugh.

Colin:

--- Quote from: David690 on March 09, 2019, 08:26:18 PM ---
Citizens who return to UK on a settled basis will be classed as ordinarily resident and will be entitled to free NHS care immediately.

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What constitutes a 'settled basis'? Renting property, having a UK bank account????

Colin

Peter:

--- Quote from: Colin on March 09, 2019, 11:56:52 PM ---What constitutes a 'settled basis'? Renting property, having a UK bank account????

Colin

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Colin.

Like a lot of government terms, "settled basis" may, probably, be defined by the government agency/interviewer on a case by case basis.

I can tell you definitely, having a UK bank account does not confer "settled basis" on the account holder.

I can only go by what a former work colleague had to go through a couple of years ago when he returned after working overseas for 25 years. He went to sign on with his local GP and had to produce his current passport as proof he was:
1) British with a right to be in country;
2) To confirm when he had returned;
3) To confirm how long he had been out of the country on a "non-resident" basis.

Eventually, after many weeks of delay, with paperwork shooting back and forth as a decision had to come from the NHS Area HQ, he was signed on. What helped, he said, was he started a new job during the process and was able to show his full time, employment contract. That really was the thing that tipped it in his favour.

The NHS 'jobsworth" he was referred to, said he would have to prove he had been in the country for 6 months, before being entitled to NHS GP and other specialist services.

Luckily, in his case, during the 8 or 9 weeks it took for a decision, he didn't need the local GP's services. His company had on-site medical facilities for their employees, which covered him for the day-to-day aches and pains.

Others will, of course, have different experiences.

Peter

David690:

--- Quote from: Colin on March 09, 2019, 11:56:52 PM ---What constitutes a 'settled basis'? Renting property, having a UK bank account????

Colin

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No and no.  Settled means that, settled, ie settled there, as in living there.  Showing that UK has become your place of residence, I'd suggest by having been in the country for several months, it has been suggested 6 months, possibly having a job there or enrolment in full time study.  I don't think that there's an official list of ways to demonstrate your settlement status.

lost_in_samoa:

--- Quote from: iamjames on March 09, 2019, 09:30:17 PM ---How do we solve this VERY complicated problem?
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Rising Cost of Universal Health Care

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