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Old 10th July 2013, 03:59 PM
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Ask your employer to cover you and your family with Private Medical insurance, that way you will get your medication, as long as the medication is approved for use in the UK.
I was Uk citizen for 50-odd years, having worked 44 of them in the NHS, when I went to live in HK for a few years, after 2 years out of the UK I was not entitled to NHS care, I was covered privately though.
As for your child needing specialist education, it is difficult sometimes for even a long term Uk citizens child to get into one of these schools, there is sometimes a waiting list, so for a 'short term' visit I doubt whether you would have much luck there.

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I did some digging and found info on the NHS and CAB websites that seems to imply that the situation is not so clear cut.....

Citizens Advice - NHS charges for people from abroad

In the section: Who can receive all NHS hospital treatment free of charge

Third bullet point.....

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You are not reading two very important points in the first paragraph of the section "Who can receive all NHS hospital treatment free of charge"

You can get free NHS hospital treatment if you are lawfully entitled to be in the UK and usually live here. This is called being ordinarily resident.

You do not usually live in the UK so you are not ordinarily resident.

Unless I have mistaken your position, you say that your company is willing to transfer you to the UK for a 6 month secondment (project based). Presuming this is the case then I would suppose you are getting some form of compensation for this temporary move.

Presumably for such a short time you are not giving up you permanent residence (Canada/US?) and so the company will be providing accommodation/expenses towards your stay in the UK. One would not assume you are going to be out of pocket to accomplish this project.

Health Insurance should be part of this package since, as a non resident, you nor your family are eligible for the NHS.

Put it another way, in the case of your wife, unless there is a visa involved in this move and your wife comes under the visa as a dependent, she will enter the UK as a visitor. This will be stamped in her passport - she will definitely not be eligible for the NHS.

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To add to the discussion, try....

Advice for overseas visitors - The NHS in England - NHS Choices

Section "Exemption category: exempt from all NHS hospital treatment charges "

Read the bullet point "Anyone who is working in the UK for a UK-based employer or who is self-employed in the UK. This does not include people looking for work"

I agree with the idea that Medical Tourism is wrong but my reading of this is that if I am working for the UK division of my employer, on their payroll I am covered by the NHS.... Am I missing something, I am just reading the information.....?

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All,

To add to the discussion, try....

Advice for overseas visitors - The NHS in England - NHS Choices

Section "Exemption category: exempt from all NHS hospital treatment charges "

Read the bullet point "Anyone who is working in the UK for a UK-based employer or who is self-employed in the UK. This does not include people looking for work"

I agree with the idea that Medical Tourism is wrong but my reading of this is that if I am working for the UK division of my employer, on their payroll I am covered by the NHS.... Am I missing something, I am just reading the information.....?
Please confirm whether you will be on the UK payroll paying UK taxes?

Even if you are this will not cover your wife who needs a visa to LIVE in the UK, otherwise she is a visitor and does not qualify for the NHS.

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Basically, all those who are on a work visa or other types of long-stay visas, who become ordinarily resident in UK, are covered by NHS. If you or your partner aren't in work, there is restriction on free hospital care, but treatment at GP surgery should be free.
Visitors, including business visitors, who are only staying in UK temporarily, are only covered for emergency treatment given at A&E (but not subsequent in-patient care, operations etc), and they should arrive with travel insurance with full medical cover.

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Current plan is I will be on UK payroll, as for taxes I would probably pay PAYE and then be addressed at end of year with other countries....

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