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  1. Brexit: The fallout

      Be interesting to see how many Tory MPs will be expelled who were egging on Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party.  I'm not holding my breath. 
  2. Brexit: The fallout

      My understanding is that if your previous health insurer is defined as 'public' ,then you qualify for public health insurance here. That, and the fact that Australia is not in the EU.   The issue now is for Brits who haven't worked in Germany, with the UK threatening to leave them high and dry in a No Deal. We are talking about people who may have paid nat insurance and taxes towards  their healthcare their whole working lives , just being told tough luck, sort it out, whilst the Government pockets their contributions. In effect, helping to bail the Government out so that people like Boris can claim  all the preparations for a No Deal have been sorted.  Imagine the outcry in the UK if pensioners were told to cough up again for their healthcare!  We are not talking about a one off payment here, as in the case of those having to pay for 'settled status' in the UK. This can amount to thousands of euros annually.       
  3. Brexit: The fallout

      I think the world and Eu has developed a bit in the last 50 years.  And I bet Roger Daltry didn't have to worry to much about  reciprocal helthcare.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

      But there's no alternative to the EU for getting business done, moving around and living your life in Europe (unless you're talking about living in Albania or Kazakstan)    P.S. Why does this forum re-copy every entry I've clicked in the last millenium? 
  5. Brexit: The fallout

      Anybody who missed out getting their postal votes on time should complain.  Chief Executive The Electoral Commission                                                                            3 Bunhill Row London EC1Y 8YZ   Email:                                             And not just to above, the politicians need to get the message first hand. (emails) Its simply not on to say as Theresa May did in Commons, that it was the fault of Parliament for not passing her Brexit Bill.  Citizens Rights, her priority. You've got to laugh. And now she's gone.    Not that it will get any better though. Probably alot worse.             
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      I think the danger is that Farage was first out of the blocks with campaigning for the Euro election, and he has got a fairly simple (or should I say, simplistic) message.  The Pro Remain Parties have got to get their act together, but the danger is that Change UK (the Independent Group), Lib Dems and Greens may end up getting in one anothers way.  I shall vote for the one that seems to be strongest in my voting region (SE England).  By the way, anyone who wants to use their vote to do something about Brexit,(and for us Brits what other issue is there),  make sure you vote in the UK. That's assuming you still are within 15 years of leaving.  It would be pretty much wasted voting for a German party. 
  7. Brexit: The fallout

      What is it about the Brexit Party that seems to attract the old fuddy duddies?  Vision for the Future?  
  8. Brexit: The fallout

      What is it about the Brexit Party that seems to attract the old fuddy duddies?  Vision for the Future?  
  9. S1 Health Insurance and Brexit Questions

    There is a clear link between entitlement to a UK State pension and the S1 form which guarentees reciprocal healthcare. And as you say, national insurance partly funds the State pension.   Anyway, even if the healthcare payments have not come directly out of the national insurance "pot", those of us with a lifetime's service in the UK  will have paid income tax, so either way we will have contributed to funding the NHS, as indeed pensioners still in the UK have. In fact, I continue to pay all my taxes into the UK system.    If you have worked in Germany or are in receipt of a German pension, then the German funding rules will apply.  
  10. S1 Health Insurance and Brexit Questions

    So how is NHS healthcare funded for people no longer economically active in the UK system?  Or for that matter, for people who are still economically active.  My understanding of the EU reciprocal healthcare system is that if you have previously paid into a publicly funded healthcare system, elsewhere in Europe, you are eligible for support in another member state. I remember discussing this with my Krankenkasse, and they confirmed that the NHS was classed as a publicy funded healthcare system. If you have been an employee in the UK , you will have made payments into NHS system, whether directly or indirectly.  The S1 system, which the UK Government now seems prepared to wriggle out of, unless the Withdrawal Agreement is made to apply, is for those reaching state pension age. They make transfer payments, for those who have paid national insurance contributions, into the EU member state's health system. It is linked to your entiitlement to a UK state pension.    
  11. S1 Health Insurance and Brexit Questions

    So what? If you move to Canada etc. you know what the rules are before you go.  The UK Government wants to change the rules retrospectively for people who made their future plans in Europe. Changing rules retrospectively is underhand and generally condemned. Like a Council putting a road across your land without compensation. I wouldn't mind so much if the Government was prepared to offer compensation, but they weren't. Except for a laughable offer that we could be treated under the NHS. Yeah, an 1100 mile round trip from Hamburg for routine check ups. Very helpful!  Just hope that a No Deal is avoided, for scores of other reasons too, and all this becomes academic. 
  12. S1 Health Insurance and Brexit Questions

      A privilege really? So paying national insurance contributions during our working lives gives the UK Government the right to pocket them in breach of their commitments which they signed up to, and just leave UK nationals high and dry, because they couldn't be bothered to think through the fine detail of a No Deal scenario? No private health insurance company would get away with that.     
  13. S1 Health Insurance and Brexit Questions

    Aside from the point as to what Petedln has been doing about planning for Brexit over the last 3 years, he asks some extremly valid questions.  Yes of of course we can all scroll through to the DExEU, British Embassy  or perhaps more relevantly in the case of S1 health insurance, the DWP Overseas Healthcare webpages. However, firstly, only in the last few months have they been updating their Brexit relevant info seriously. But secondly, I wouldn't be taking what they state as being gospel. It is what they think they can get away with.    I think it is nothing short of scandalous how the UK Government wants to deal with healthcare for us expats in the event of a No Deal. In effect they are saying, we can't continue funding it because the EU/EU governments won't allow us to. Firstly, you need to ask the question, why would the EU governments want to block funding from the UK on behalf of  UK nationals. And if there is some obscure technical reason why they can't accept it, what's preventing the UK Departments reimbursing qualifying UK nationals direct? It need not involve EU authorities at all.  I think its just a very neat excuse for the UK Government to cut back on its commitments. In effect, let the EU take the blame and tough luck for the old buffers who've retired into Europe. I've worked in UK local government and know how the politics in these situations work. Where there is a full postbag of loud irate  residents, taxpayers on the warpath,  or a couple of friendly old buffers seeking some clarifications, its usually the path of least resistance which is taken. I think there are too many UK expats falling too easily into the latter category. The UK Government says so , so that must be the way it has to be.   The S1 healthcare is existential for many of us. Thank goodness the EU Parliament seem to be on our side. If we do go through with this idiotic Brexit, which produces zero benefits for almost everyone, then we have to make sure at the very least,  the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, where our  citizens rights have some protection, is part of it, ie No Deal is ruled out.   
  14. Moving soon – (how) can I vote in the EU Parliament elections?   This article in New Europeans suggests that there is a choice where to vote. Although it is directed at catching Europeans from the other 27countries  living in the UK from slipping through the net, it seems clear that they have a choice (hence the form to confirm they are only voting in the UK). 
  15. Moving soon – (how) can I vote in the EU Parliament elections?

      Thanks. I think I'll give my last UK local authority a ring just to confirm. Not that I'd want to, but the system does seem open to abuse if people get multiple votes when they have lived in different countries.