British Healthcare?

  1. Anyone know if England has socialized medicine or is it free enterprise, each for his own, type of healthcare like ours? My son is going to participate in a college abroad program for a semester and I was wondering how hard it would be to get medical care for a US citizen..............have they heard of Blue Cross, would they even pay a claim from another country...Thanks for you help in advance.....C
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  3. by   canuckeh!
    Here is a website easily found by doing a search on google for "medical coverage for American students in Britain"

    <www.ukstudentlife.com/Personal/Health.htm#FreeTreatment>
  4. by   llg
    Your son's school should (or whoever is sponsoring his study abroad program) should make some basic arrangements to have health care access available. That's what my school did many years ago. (I studied in England for a summer while in college and in Europe for a summer while in high school.)

    The financial structure of their system is very different than that of the U.S., but, your/his policy should cover him while abroad. Check the insurance coverage. My Dad had a heart attack while traveling in England a couple of years ago and had no problems.

    llg
  5. by   purplemania
    Basically, when I have been in Europe I used my credit card for payment, then used the paperwork to get reimbursed from my insurance company back home. However, your son's situation is not the same as a tourist, so the school ought to be able to help you. What a great opportunity for him!
  6. by   donmurray
    Here's a link to the Department of Health website. This section is about students, but there's other stuff on "overseas visitors" if you back up to the homepage.
    http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidan...748&chk=FERJ7E
  7. by   zenman
    A couple of years ago, a friend of mine went to England with his daughter. She fell and broke her arm and the hospital fixed her up and sent her on her way without paying a dime!
  8. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Check with your insurance company and see how this is handled within your coverage, then make notes and email them to yourself (for documentation). Don't forget to get the name of the person you talked to.

    Also, there is a very, very inexpensive kind of coverage that will fly you home from outside the US if you get hurt or sick and need hospitalization. (I don't have the cite right now, as the BIL is asleep--go figure!--but a friend of theirs got it when she went to Tanzania with the Peace Corps, and if I can find it, I'll post it, and edit this post with it too.)

    But definitely check with your insurance company.
  9. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    (the web hiccupped and I couldn't get the above to post; now there's two of them..... :imbar)
    Last edit by chris_at_lucas on Jul 9, '04
  10. by   CSLee3
    Thanks everyone for the replies. I am just starting to look into it, just had no idea about their services. Should be getting a school packet really soon. Have a great weekend..................Chuck
  11. by   uk_nurse
    Quote from zenman
    A couple of years ago, a friend of mine went to England with his daughter. She fell and broke her arm and the hospital fixed her up and sent her on her way without paying a dime!

    our hospital is very hot on foreign travellers who have to use the NHS. I'm sure they have to pay and then claim it back on their own insurance, but i dont know how it works for foreign students .
  12. by   Destinystar
    when i read your thread it made me so proud to be an american. in america we treat everyone the same and anyone can come to the door of any of our hospitals and get treated the same whether they are an american or not, legal or illegal, rich or poor. people can say what ever they want to about americans but i believe we have the best human rights policies in the world. a thousand wild horses couldnt take me out of this country. i was sad to here that the uk would have that attitude towards americans.
    Quote from uk_nurse
    our hospital is very hot on foreign travellers who have to use the nhs. i'm sure they have to pay and then claim it back on their own insurance, but i dont know how it works for foreign students .
  13. by   llg
    Quote from destinystar
    when i read your thread it made me so proud to be an american. in america we treat everyone the same and anyone can come to the door of any of our hospitals and get treated the same whether they are an american or not, legal or illegal, rich or poor. people can say what ever they want to about americans but i believe we have the best human rights policies in the world. a thousand wild horses couldnt take me out of this country. i was sad to here that the uk would have that attitude towards americans.

    i don't think the post you responded to meant to imply that tourists received bad care in the uk. i think the poster was just saying that foreign patients are responsible for paying for their care through whatever insurance they carry.

    when my father had his heart attack in coventry about 8 years ago, he received excellent care -- and as a physician, he was in a position to evaluate the quality of his care. he was very, very pleased with how he was treated by everyone in the hospital. also, my mother was very well treated by everyone at their hotel -- who taught her how to use the public transportation, etc. they both had nothing but wonderful things to say about the people in coventry they met.

    (so, i guess if there is anyone reading this from coventry ... "thank you!")

    llg
  14. by   Repat
    Destinystar, where have you been?! Not in my America, where 40 million people are not insured, where I just cared for a patient who is now severely and permanently disabled because the patient was unable to afford the medications necessary to control blood pressure, where many retired people have to choose between food or prescriptions. Also, I believe that uk_nurse was saying her hospital likes foreign travellers, probably because of the extra revenue their insurance payments bring in. I lived in the UK for 15 years, and I have said and will say again that the healthcare I received there was more accessible, and humane, than any I have encountered here (and I have medical and dental insurance, so money doesn't always talk!).

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