A repeat - From the Brit Ambo France December 2022 Newsletter:
“ Healthcare while you travel
If you make social security contributions in France, you should be entitled to a France-issued European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and should carry this with you when travelling.
All EU-issued EHICs remain valid for necessary care when visiting the UK and other EU Member States. We still recommend taking out comprehensive travel insurance when travelling, including health cover, as an EHIC does not cover certain things such as repatriation.
If your healthcare is covered by the UK, you should be entitled to a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). Existing UK-issued EHICs also remain valid for necessary care when visiting EU Member States until the expiration date on the card. They do not need to be replaced immediately. Once it expires, it can be replaced with a new GHIC issued by the UK. Please also share this message with any visiting friends or family from the UK to France.”
Looks like GHIC is only for treatment required when a UK France resident is travelling anywhere except UK.
I am not certain about this but does not being issued the S1 mean that the holder is no longer a resident of UK, and therefore withdrawn from the internal system? Is this not only an issue covering repayment to France by the NHS for treatment received in the France helthcare system?
As a UK non-resident but a British national, is one still entitled to NHS care without a registered GP? Do you then need only to present only a passport for free care in UK? Presenting an S1 may be of no help at all in UK NHS centres.
This is all confusing for folk and would be very stressful to find out only in an emergency
No. It means that you are registered with the DWP as an overseas dependent on UK social services. The only time I’ve needed to use NHS services I was asked wether I am entitled. To which I said yes, and given my strong London accent no further questions were asked, However the actual S1 letter says that you are entitled, so as long as a person can be bothered to read it all will be well.
In an emergency the NHS would ask no questions and just treat someone!
It means that you are not a non-resident. Ie that you spend enough of your time in the UK and have enough ties to the UK to be considered resident, but you may not be there all the time. However if you arrive in the UK with the intention of staying there, paying your taxes etc then you can be ordinarily resident from day 1.
If you are a French resident then you are not ordinarily resident in the UK even if you spend some time there. So you are not entitled to use NHS services. However, the S1 grants you an exception so you don’t need to be ordinarily resident to get treatment.
Is this perhaps a mistranslation from French “régulièrement resident”, meaning “legally resident”, as in being the chosen primary country of residence? ‘Régulièrement resident’ in official French documents does not mean “regularly resident”, in terms of staying often.