Kilkis wrote:I think it is unambiguous. As written the statement reads:
"That is good news for example, for British pensioners in the EU: it means that they will continue to have their health care arrangements protected both where they live and – when they travel to another Member State – to be able to use an EHIC card."
I believe the dashes mean that the phrase "– when they travel to another Member State –" should be interpreted as an aside. Without that phrase the statement reads:
"That is good news for example, for British pensioners in the EU: it means that they will continue to have their health care arrangements protected both where they live and to be able to use an EHIC card."
The aside defines when they will be able to use the EHIC, i.e. "when they travel to another Member State". I think what is more worrying is that Davis is trying to present a picture of good progress while Barnier is saying there was little progress. The only area where he said the talks had been fruitful was on the Ireland problem. If an agreement had really been reached on healthcare why did he not say so in his speech?
GlennB wrote:...But there's a little more - we were unable to renew our UK EHIC cards as we were no longer resident there. Has anyone here managed to get a Greek EHIC card to cover emergency treatment when travelling elsewhere in the EU? I can imagine colossal bureaucracy if not outright hostility to the idea. Maybe I'm getting cynical
Kilkis wrote:In Greece healthcare is provided on the basis of contributions to an insurance fund. If you work in Greece and pay contributions to an insurance fund here, e.g IKA, then they should issue you with an EHIC. If you do not contribute in Greece then you are not entitled to an EHIC here.
GlennB wrote:...Which I fully understand, but what if your IKA health care here is based on the S1 system (as is ours)? Can you then get a Greek EHIC card for your travels? ...
Kilkis wrote: ......I don't think it is possible to answer your question, Sinkingslowly.
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!!
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