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Doctors in england when travelling!!!!!!!!!

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1. Posted by julieoz (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

Hey! I need to see a doctor while i am here working in England but i'm not sure what to do! I don't want to have to register with a surgery and pay money!

How do i see a doctor for free or for very little money?

Thanks

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Do you have insurance?

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

they are international agreements for basic healthcare.

I registered twice - one GPs clinic checked my passport and prove of address, the other - nothing (just fill up the form stating that you are in the country for several years).

It takes about 1 week to see a doctor.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Then what in the world do we get insurance for?

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

depending what country you come from.

insurance covers more than basic healthcare - for example stretches on airplane back home if you are unable to seat.

never take any insurance - unless they are compulsory - they are all rip-off

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

So if I'm from a country that has an agreement with the UK and I, god forbid, fall down on the sidewalk, break my leg, spend 4 hours in a hospital where they discover I need surgery, have surgery, spend 2 days in hospital, and get a cast -

- you're saying that's all covered?

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

yes, all emergency and life saving treatments are free.

Some embassies will ask about insurance before giving visas

8. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

depending what country you come from.

insurance covers more than basic healthcare - for example stretches on airplane back home if you are unable to seat.

never take any insurance - unless they are compulsory - they are all rip-off

I disagree. I think if you can't afford the insurance, you shouldn't be travelling.

Particularly when travelling to places like the US where you could quite easily rack up 6 figure hospital bills; you NEED insurance. I have a friend who's son had appendicitis in the US and had to have surgery. That was a six figure bill; believe me, the government wasn't going to cover it!

I know when I first came to Australia, I had a reciprocal health care agreement, but it still wouldn't pay for as much as a decent travel insurance does. And of course until I had gone to the Medicare center to get my card, I wasn't actually covered. So at the very least, get the insurance to cover you until you can register with the local system (I presume it's a similar registration system in the UK).

If you decide to go somewhere without insurance, you'll want to be very careful about what is covered under public healthcare vs travel insurance for each country you're visiting. Not all countries have these agreements. And take note that what happens on the way there isn't covered by anyone, unless you have travel insurance.

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