Jason64 wrote:I was led to believe you needed private health care to get residency anyway.
Not necessarily "private" health insurance. Under article 7 of Directive 2004/38/EC if you are coming under the condition that you are self supporting then you must prove you have sufficient money to live and that you have health insurance. The health insurance does not have to be private. Many of us who are UK State Pensioners* qualify for healthcare through IKA paid for by the UK using an S1 form issued by DWP in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 883/2004. As Houmeri91 points out, some people use an EHIC card issued by NHS also in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 883/2004. In order to do this you must remain resident in the UK at least as far as NHS is concerned, i.e. you do not tell NHS that you have relocated abroad and you provide them with a UK address. If neither of these apply then private health insurance is the only solution.
The big worry for many of us was that Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 might not be applicable to UK citizens after Brexit and we would lose both the S1 and EHIC coverage. Many of us are too old to get private health insurance from scratch and so would lose our health cover completely. That would be a concern in itself but would also mean we might lose the right to reside even if the EU allowed us to stay provided we met the conditions. The agreement reached on Friday lessens that concern.
It is also worth noting that the police will normally ask for proof of where you live. That could be the Notary Contract if you own your own house or a legal rental contract if you rent. This is not specified in Directive 2004/38/EC but is a common demand.
* Citizens of other EU member states should also qualify for IKA coverage under an S1 form if they are in receipt of whatever is defined as a state pension scheme in their country.