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#1 Clementine

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 03:33 AM

Hello,
Maybe someone can help me. My husband may take a job with his U.S. company but the position will be in London, which means we'd be living there for 2-3 years.
Can someone tell me how the insurance would work for us? I am clueless. Would I need to keep my doctors in the U.S. for coverage?
Thanks,
Tangelos

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 04:37 AM

We have a system in the UK called the NHS (National Health Service) As far as I'm aware, health treatment would be of no cost to you. I'm not sure about appoinments with consultants but you would need to register with a local general practitioner in your area first.
We do, of course, have private medical care and I suppose you can register for this. As you can appreciate, waiting lists in this country can be long and sometimes frustrating but I believe the system works in many cases, we all moan sometimes about our medical care!
I'm sure you will find everything okay -- your worst worry is the weather!
Bring some warm clothes, a brolly, and thick gloves and you'll be fine.

We await you with a huge welcome!

Best wishes
Barbs xxx

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 05:00 AM

Hi Tangelo
The UK dept of health Website (www.dh.gov.uk) says that:

Under the current Regulations, anyone who is engaging in employment with an employer who has his principal place of business in the UK, or who is a self-employed person whose principal place of business is in the UK is fully exempt from National Health Service (NHS) hospital charges in England. This exemption applies to your spouse, civil partner and children (under the age of 16 or 19 if in further education) if they are living with you in the UK on a permanent basis.
Please note that to be exempt from NHS hospital charges on this basis you must be in employment at the time you receive treatment. If you are here on a work visa but currently unemployed you will be charged for your treatment, unless you are otherwise exempt from charges.I think this might meanthat whether you receive free NHS care dpends on where yor hiusbands employers principal place of business is.

As well as using the National Health Service which is free (NHS) quite a lot of people here have private health insurance. However I'm not sure how useful that is when you have systemic sclerosis - my rheumatologist (who does do private work as well) advised that it was much better for me to see him in the NHS clinic than as a private patient . If you do go to London you would hopefully be able to go the Royal Free which is world renowned in systemic sclerosis care.

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 05:49 AM

Thank you Lizzie and Barbs!
After reading the PETS law for bringing pets to Europe, I am discouraged. I could never put my dogs in cargo and especially for that long of a flight. Maxx is 5 lbs, and I don't think he could take the cold. I could never do that to them.
I will have to research more..maybe things have changed.
xo,
Tangelo

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 08:34 AM

Hi Tangelo, I believe there are some airlines that allow you to keep your dog with you. I have a friend who is flying from S.C to Germany this holiday and she was told that she could take her dog to her seat ( up to 16lbs.). When I get a chance to ask her I'll find out what airline she's taking. I wonder about the dog using the potty on a 8 hour flight tho???
How exciting to be moving to a new country for a few years.
Hugs, Piper

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 09:30 AM

Piper,
Thanks!!! That would be great, as both my babies are small. I will try to look into that but let me know what you hear. Moving definitely has it's cons, but the excitement supercedes it all. I'm thinking Prague...I've only been to Europe once. I do think a dog could make it 8 hours if you planned it right. I think people get absorbant material for the crates for accidents. OK, we are totally off the subject of scleroderma...LOL!

I wonder if dogs can get scleroderma.
Tangelo

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 01:27 PM

Hey Jen,

How exciting! When do you know for sure? You said he'd be based out of London, but you are talking about Prague, that would be quite the commute!!
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Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:58 PM

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. Just to clarify, the National Health Service coverage referred to in the thread does not apply to the rest of Europe, only the UK which includes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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#9 Clementine

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 02:04 AM

Thanks everyone for the information.

Sweet, I have always wanted to see Prague, among all the other wonderful places, and that would be a total shame to be in England and not see it all.
I've only seen Germany and France. I have a cousin that left to study in Ireland and she never came back to the U.S.A.!

I think Lufthansa allows pets to fly in the cabin. I think Maxx has Raynaud's, as he's always coooold.

xo,
Tangie

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 05:50 AM

Hi Jen,

I'm Czech descent, so Prague would be a must for me as well!

When might this be happening?
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#11 Clementine

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 09:26 AM

Sweet,
He has applied for the position and once the position is filled, it's an ASAP type thing. However, if he gets it, he may work from here and travel to London as needed for a while, and not move so quickly so we can get our ducks in a row. I don't know...it's preliminary but exciting!!!
Jen

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 09:27 AM

ps: I am hybrid...German and Czech.