BST wrote:It's also a bit vague about people who aren't old enough to claim the state pension even though they are retired and receive other pensions. So no S1 agreement etc....even though we are retired here......feeling a bit invisible!!
I'm not sure it is vague. At the moment if you are retired person you have to prove that you have a source of income and that you have healthcare insurance. Those who do not qualify for a UK State Pension need some other form of healthcare insurance. Some do that by taking out private health insurance while some use an EHIC. Technically, for permanent residents in Greece, using an EHIC is not correct because only people who are entitled to healthcare under the NHS qualify for an EHIC* and people are only entitled to NHS healthcare if they reside in the UK. Obviously there is uncertainty about what if any deal will be done and how the EU will treat ex-pats in the absence of a deal but assuming they allow us to stay that leaves a number of possibilities:
- 1 If a Brexit deal is done under which both S1 form and EHIC reciprocal healthcare arrangements continue you carry on doing whatever you are doing now.
2 If no deal is done and S1 form and EHIC ceases to be available, but the EU allows existing residents to stay providing they satisfy the EU rules, then everybody would need to take out private health insurance.
3 Those of us who are not able to obtain private healthcare insurance would need to leave.
Pretty straightforward really.
* Those of us who are resident here and obtain healthcare through IKA using an S1 form are entitled to an EHIC issued by DWP for use in other EU countries BUT not in Greece.