Expat UK citizens are discriminated against in a number of ways but the worst has got to be in respect of healthcare. Retired expat UK taxpayers (ie those who receive a ‘government or local authority pension’ and therefore have to pay tax in the UK as well as, in some cases, tax in their country of residence) are told that they are no longer entitled to receive any UK state provided healthcare, not even emergency treatment, unless they pay for it.
Putting aside the anomalies of non-UK (or even non-EU) citizens regularly receiving free health treatment in the UK, isn’t it illegal to ban tax paying citizens from any form of health treatment simply because they no longer actually reside in the UK ? It wouldn’t even matter if they kept a home in the UK, paying Council Tax etc as well. The fact that they mainly resided out of the UK disqualifies them from any health treatment despite still paying Â£1000′s p.a. to the Inland Revenue.
The government will say that it is the N.I. payments that pay for the NHS but that argument is invalidated by the fact that pensioners do not pay N.I. contributions on their pensions anyway and, as the N.I. contributions all go the Exchequer anyway…..
So, despite paying UK taxes an expat pensioner cannot receive NHS treatment and, to rub salt in the wound, should the expat decide to return to the UK they are not allowed to claim any benefits for 6 months after their return either but other EU citizens can claim from day one.
Yet another iniquity where the UK Gov’t treat pensioners with contempt.