bobscott wrote:This is just a rumour at the moment but heard today that IKA are refusing to renew health care books for UK expats because of the BREXIT situation. Can't quite get my head around that unless they are saying that they know there will be a 'no-deal situation' by 29th March . Anyone heard anything? Bob
Jeffstclair wrote:... Maybe during what is being called "The Transitional Period " UK citizens will be able to sign up with IKA with no problems. ..
Al wrote:As to refusing renewal, in previous years I have tried to renew as early as December (a mistake) and even in January, only to be refused on the grounds that I was too early. My local KEP does not accept IKA books until early February. My understanding of the mutual agreement between Greece and the UK is that, although forged under the umbrella of the EU, it is an individual country to country agreement, and as such should be easily ratified post Brexit. I hope I'm right. Someone here will correct me if I'm not.
Kilkis wrote:Thanks for the info, Midlander. I was planning to go to the Souda office next Thursday so I will give it a miss.
bobscott wrote:Kilkis wrote:Thanks for the info, Midlander. I was planning to go to the Souda office next Thursday so I will give it a miss.
Will probably try later next week Warwick. If we all turn up on March 1st we will be there forever! Bob
Midlander wrote:Hi everyone,hope you all had a Merry Christmas.
Ive just returned from IKA on Souda road and was politely told to come back on March 1st as it was too early to renew books.I always go between Christmas and New Year but they wont do it this year. Hope this saves everyone a wasted journey.
Kilkis wrote:I wrote an email to DWP, since they are responsible for issuing S1 Forms to UK State Pensioners. I don't have a copy of the exact question, since it was asked in an online form, but it basically asked if they were aware that IKA were refusing to renew healthcare books. Below is their response:
Thank your for your recent email.
I appreciate your concerns in this matter, however, as you hold a registered S1 in Crete then your healthcare remains covered by the UK. This is regardless of whether you hold an up to date healthcare book in Crete or not. If you were to require medical treatment in Crete and you are asked for payment, then the EOPYY should be able to reimburse you for medical costs if you are not in possession of a valid healthcare book at the time.
Can I suggest that you raise your concerns with the EOPYY via the following email address; firstname.lastname@example.org .
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