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Offline levissima

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Free health care after 65
« on: October 18, 2018, 09:40:54 AM »
Does anyone know if you must apply or if health care is automatically free after you reach 65?


Offline Berti

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2018, 10:09:19 AM »
If you receive state pension from UK you can request your S1form from UK gov. once received take it to commune to register, only if you are resident here..... This is whilst we are still in EU not sure what will happen after Brexit

Offline PJM

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2018, 10:50:56 AM »
65 ?  retirement age is not 65 in the Uk for people  born after around 1955 s . It's  66 + now and will probably rise.

Offline GeordieBorn

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2018, 08:03:03 PM »
Does anyone know if you must apply or if health care is automatically free after you reach 65?
I suspect (if you have an S1), you need to get a form E01 from the ASL. Just asked someone who has done so and they were told the form (E01) is then to be shown each time you need treatment and you get it free.

Offline levissima

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2018, 08:38:28 PM »
Thanks everyone

Offline Rustychain

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2018, 06:07:12 AM »
This table shows UK state pension age, if that helps. It may not be relevant to Levi's question, but here it is anyway!

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/310231/spa-timetable.pdf
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Offline levissima

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 05:51:46 PM »
Ok, reporting back. Thanks to the info here, I rang DWP and they sent me a form S1, I took it to ASL and they gave me a form E1, which entitles me to free health care. This form needs renewing every year after 31 March, when it runs out ( Brexit 29 March!)

If you have this form, make sure your doctor has it before he/she writes you a prescription. I broke my finger, got prescriptions for X Ray and Orthopedics, then got my form and the running about from CUP, to x -ray, back to Cup, back to X-ray back to cup, off to orthopaedic back to cup, back to orthopaedic "....was ridiculous. It only got sorted when I said I was going home and I had a friend with a chain saw! But I didn’t pay!

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2019, 09:50:15 AM »
I have been a little confused about the rules and regs on healthcare in Italy. As a UK citizen and being resident here and I have a tessera sanitaria which I THOUGHT entitled me to health cover here.

Do I also need an E01 as well ? What does this do different to the tessera sanitaria card ? (ps I am over 65 )

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2019, 11:03:40 AM »
The E01 from what I understand is to get free health care if over 65 in Italy. So I assume the part or all of the normal costs incurred there is then free by producing the E01 which Levi refers to. Bit like getting free eye checks in the UK over a certain age.

Offline RedSauce

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2019, 11:48:19 AM »
Thanks Geordieborn...............

It doesn't seem totally clear to me as currently all of my 'urgent' type medicines are renewed on a monthly basis anyway. I've been trying to find some 'official' wording without success.

thanks again!

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2019, 11:57:07 AM »
RedS I got the original information from a friend who was just going through the procedure and they were told this by the ASL in Atri. So I guess getting yourself on their site you may be able to find an official page on it. My Italian (and heart) are not up to digging it out of there, if indeed it is there at all - good luck!

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2019, 12:11:02 PM »
Okay I couldn't resist having a little look, nothing on the ASL site I could find, but this may help you find more on it, if not clarify all.

Offline levissima

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2019, 03:11:49 PM »
The E1 letter entitles you to free services at the hospital, instead of paying the ticket for things like blood tests, etc, you show your E1 and you don?t have to pay. I don?t think it makes any difference to prescription charges.

Offline RedSauce

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2019, 05:12:40 PM »
Wow.................that is now pretty clear to this ageing fuddy duddy ! That pazienti.it site spells it out in words that even I can understand.

grazie amici  ;) ;)

RedS

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Re: Free health care after 65
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2019, 07:15:31 PM »
One other little wrinkle is that if you have an Italian tessera sanitaria, and on the back it just has a load of asterisks, then it is only valid in Italy. You  also need to ask some department in England for a UK EHIC card which will cover you for treatment in the UK (or while travelling in the rest of the EU, pre Brexit.)

I'm not certain if this only applies to pensioners, or if it also applies to any British citizen resident in Italy with a tessera, but according to the ASL official it's the asterisks which count, so have a look at the back of your Italian tessera to check.