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2006/07/17 21:31:35 (permalink)
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I'm a little confused with the UK system..

I have dual citizenship - Canadian/Italian

In Canada - you won't even be considered unless you have your Medicare card.. even if you're bleeding to death all over the floor... no medical practitioner will look at you without the card in your hand.

I don't quite understand how it works in England. Can someone explain it to me please?
What do I need to get health care? Where do I go? Do I have to get a National Insurance Number first? (or do you call it social security number/social insurance number?)

I've been reading around the sites, but they're confusing and my questions are simply not answered lol.

Thanks

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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:39:58 (permalink)
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    lol just turn up at the hospital like most others do
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:41:15 (permalink)
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    you dont need anything mate, just smuggle yourself into the country in a crate and not only will you get healthcare but you will also get a house and some free money.
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:41:28 (permalink)
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    NO you will just get treated for free at tax payers expence, We have a national health system that gets paid for by tax off our wages, I think even non uk nationals will get treated for free, they wont let you bleed to death or anything unlike your country or the usa.
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:41:43 (permalink)
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    i was going to say that, its the only reason why most people come to england, NHS!!!

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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:43:04 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    I have dual citizenship - Canadian/Italian

    In Canada - you won't even be considered unless you have your Medicare card.. even if you're bleeding to death all over the floor... no medical practitioner will look at you without the card in your hand.

    I don't quite understand how it works in England. Can someone explain it to me please?
    What do I need to get health care? Where do I go? Do I have to get a National Insurance Number first? (or do you call it social security number/social insurance number?)

    I've been reading around the sites, but they're confusing and my questions are simply not answered lol.

    Thanks


    YIB, to access the NHS services you will have to have a National Insurance number. You may already have a temporary number (usually starting with SC).
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:44:25 (permalink)
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    Well it won't be at other people's expense. I have to work to survive.. I'll be paying into the system.

    So you don't need anything to see a doctor? Any doctor will let you register with him/her?
    That's so strange! lol

    How do they keep your record then.. just under your name and that's it???

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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:45:52 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: WelshKev

    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    I have dual citizenship - Canadian/Italian

    In Canada - you won't even be considered unless you have your Medicare card.. even if you're bleeding to death all over the floor... no medical practitioner will look at you without the card in your hand.

    I don't quite understand how it works in England. Can someone explain it to me please?
    What do I need to get health care? Where do I go? Do I have to get a National Insurance Number first? (or do you call it social security number/social insurance number?)

    I've been reading around the sites, but they're confusing and my questions are simply not answered lol.

    Thanks


    YIB, to access the NHS services you will have to have a National Insurance number. You may already have a temporary number (usually starting with SC).


    Ah ok - perfect. Thanks for the info.

    Why would I already have a temporary one though?

    Where do I get my NI number? Do I have to apply or just show up at some government building?

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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:47:46 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: tony1blue

    you dont need anything mate, just smuggle yourself into the country in a crate and not only will you get healthcare but you will also get a house and some free money.


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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:51:05 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    Well it won't be at other people's expense. I have to work to survive.. I'll be paying into the system.

    So you don't need anything to see a doctor? Any doctor will let you register with him/her?
    That's so strange! lol

    How do they keep your record then.. just under your name and that's it???


    Living in the UK - you will need a National Insurance Number.

    Where you live, there will be a local Health Centre / Doctors Surgery. You go to them, they take your details, your name will go on record.

    Every visist, everything gets recorded on the system, notes, prescriptions, problems/issues/discussions.

    If your under 25 - prescriptions are free, you pick them up at a local pharmacy.

    In regards to hospitals. You turn up, get treated, they get details off you.

    Think thats pretty much it?
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:54:23 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    ORIGINAL: WelshKev

    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    I have dual citizenship - Canadian/Italian

    In Canada - you won't even be considered unless you have your Medicare card.. even if you're bleeding to death all over the floor... no medical practitioner will look at you without the card in your hand.

    I don't quite understand how it works in England. Can someone explain it to me please?
    What do I need to get health care? Where do I go? Do I have to get a National Insurance Number first? (or do you call it social security number/social insurance number?)

    I've been reading around the sites, but they're confusing and my questions are simply not answered lol.

    Thanks


    YIB, to access the NHS services you will have to have a National Insurance number. You may already have a temporary number (usually starting with SC).


    Ah ok - perfect. Thanks for the info.

    Why would I already have a temporary one though?

    Where do I get my NI number? Do I have to apply or just show up at some government building?


    I'm assuming you're in the UK...

    NINO's (National Insurance Numbers) look like AB 12 34 56 C...So you may have been given a temporary number until you have been granted indefinate leave to remain in the UK in which case you will have a permanent NINO. Temporary NINO's typically begin with the letter's SC, so you may want to check your documentation.

    If you don't have any form of NINO, then you need to obtain one and I believe this is possible by going to the inland revenue once you have or looking for employment, because you need a NINO for this too (so the government can take the NI (National Insurance) contributions from your pay).

    If you need full sound advice, I would say make an appointment with the Citizens Advice Bureau (they are everywhere and not hard to find).
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 21:57:57 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    Well it won't be at other people's expense. I have to work to survive.. I'll be paying into the system.

    So you don't need anything to see a doctor? Any doctor will let you register with him/her?
    That's so strange! lol

    How do they keep your record then.. just under your name and that's it???


    Living in the UK - you will need a National Insurance Number.

    Where you live, there will be a local Health Centre / Doctors Surgery. You go to them, they take your details, your name will go on record.

    Every visist, everything gets recorded on the system, notes, prescriptions, problems/issues/discussions.

    If your under 25 - prescriptions are free, you pick them up at a local pharmacy.

    In regards to hospitals. You turn up, get treated, they get details off you.

    Think thats pretty much it?




    Prescriptions for free if your under 25?

    That's a bit of nonsense right there mate, only if your un-employed or have another reason covering that will you get it for free.

    Till death do us train.


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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 22:00:01 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    Well it won't be at other people's expense. I have to work to survive.. I'll be paying into the system.

    So you don't need anything to see a doctor? Any doctor will let you register with him/her?
    That's so strange! lol

    How do they keep your record then.. just under your name and that's it???


    Living in the UK - you will need a National Insurance Number.

    Where you live, there will be a local Health Centre / Doctors Surgery. You go to them, they take your details, your name will go on record.

    Every visist, everything gets recorded on the system, notes, prescriptions, problems/issues/discussions.

    If your under 25 - prescriptions are free, you pick them up at a local pharmacy.

    In regards to hospitals. You turn up, get treated, they get details off you.

    Think thats pretty much it?




    Prescriptions for free if your under 25?

    That's a bit of nonsense right there mate, only if your un-employed or have another reason covering that will you get it for free.


    Only in Wales will you get free perscriptions if you are under 25 thanks to the National Assembly for Wales!
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 22:05:44 (permalink)
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    In the UK we have a wonderful thing called the NHS. Despite its ramshackle state compared to a few decades ago and the hypocritical beating it gets in the rightwing as well as leftwing press, it is still one of the best if not the best health provision in the world.

    We pay our taxes (expect for a few bastards) and when you get ill even if you didn't have enough money to pay any tax, you get treated. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 22:07:01 (permalink)
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    I was told that a prescription is only 8 quid or something like that?

    I quite like this system lol


    I don't have a temporary one, because I'm still in Canada. I will be in the UK very soon though. I just don't want to show up and not know how to do anything lol..

    OK, so first step is to get my National Insurance Number, and then the rest follows through. I'll probably also take a trip to the Citizen's Advice Bureau at some point.

    Thank you very much for the advice and info

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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 22:10:12 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: tokar

    In the UK we have a wonderful thing called the NHS. Despite its ramshackle state compared to a few decades ago and the hypocritical beating it gets in the rightwing as well as leftwing press, it is still one of the best if not the best health provision in the world.

    We pay our taxes (expect for a few bastards) and when you get ill even if you didn't have enough money to pay any tax, you get treated. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.


    Makes sense.

    I had to limit myself to my PPI medicine because I couldn't afford more.
    And I have insurance LOL

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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 22:11:00 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    I was told that a prescription is only 8 quid or something like that?

    I quite like this system lol


    I don't have a temporary one, because I'm still in Canada. I will be in the UK very soon though. I just don't want to show up and not know how to do anything lol..

    OK, so first step is to get my National Insurance Number, and then the rest follows through. I'll probably also take a trip to the Citizen's Advice Bureau at some point.

    Thank you very much for the advice and info


    Perscriptions are £3 unless you can get them for free (maybe just in Wales again though!).
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 22:14:04 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: youngitalianbabe

    ORIGINAL: tokar

    In the UK we have a wonderful thing called the NHS. Despite its ramshackle state compared to a few decades ago and the hypocritical beating it gets in the rightwing as well as leftwing press, it is still one of the best if not the best health provision in the world.

    We pay our taxes (expect for a few bastards) and when you get ill even if you didn't have enough money to pay any tax, you get treated. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.


    Makes sense.

    I had to limit myself to my PPI medicine because I couldn't afford more.
    And I have insurance LOL


    I find astonishing and outrageous the American stories of people who become destitute because they can't afford to pay for medical treatment. It's a disgrace that that should happen in a country that thinks so much of itself.
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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 22:16:13 (permalink)
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    Perscriptions are £3 unless you can get them for free (maybe just in Wales again though!).



    Nearly 7 quid for a prescription where I am mate!

    Till death do us train.


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    RE: I'm a little confused with the UK system.. 2006/07/17 22:18:33 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Dazsw



    Perscriptions are £3 unless you can get them for free (maybe just in Wales again though!).



    Nearly 7 quid for a prescription where I am mate!


    In that case, I've got a lot to be thankfull of our Welsh Assembly
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