Brits advised to check health insurance before moving abroad
A leading reinsurance intermediary has advised British citizens considering a move abroad to consider the health care implications of emigrating.
After a recent report revealed that only 43 per cent of British people wish to remain in Britain once they retire, Aon Consulting has spoke out about the health care problems that could occur and that medical treatment should be taken into consideration.
Many European countries have a national health service, however many of the systems do not cover foreign visitors. These discrepancies in the systems can cause problems if you need medical care and Brits are being urged to examine their options before moving abroad.
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitled British citizens to reduced or free medical treatment across the European Economic Area (EEA), however this should not be mistaken as a flawless health guarantee. The EHIC is designed for short term residents and Brits are advised to take out a fully comprehensive health insurance policy if they are going to move abroad, as private medical insurance policies will entitle them to better hospital care than the limited EHIC.
The research was found as part of a survey of over 7,500 European workers, which saw that British people are least likely to stay in Britain when they retire.
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