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    Hi everyone! I hope you can help.

    I´m Uruguayan/Italian, so I have both passports and I will start PhD studies (3 years) in the University of Essex next October.
    Since I have lived outside Europe for almost my entire life I don´t have a European Health Insurance Card.
    From what I have been informed, I don´t need a visa to enter and live in the UK because of my EU passport. However, I wonder if I will be able to access the NHS... Should I purchase insurance before travelling?
    Do people get access to health insurance working part time?

    Thanks a lot!
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    Hi everyone! I hope you can help.

    I´m Uruguayan/Italian, so I have both passports and I will start PhD studies (3 years) in the University of Essex next October.
    Since I have lived outside Europe for almost my entire life I don´t have a European Health Insurance Card.
    From what I have been informed, I don´t need a visa to enter and live in the UK because of my EU passport. However, I wonder if I will be able to access the NHS... Should I purchase insurance before travelling?
    Do people get access to health insurance working part time?

    Thanks a lot!
    You will be able to access the NHS, but you may have to pay for it, if you don't qualify for an EHIC card. Emergency care is very much 'treat the patient first, sort the billing out later', but general health services might be a bit more up front about paying for services.

    You should speak to the SU at your University, they will probably know what is best to do. UK citizens tend not to have any health insurance, because of the comprehensive services of the NHS.
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    It would be worth enquiring through the Italian consulate about it and also about the form linked below as well. EHIC provides the card holder with an equivalent level of health insurance in EU other states to what they would receive in their home country, so getting one may be affected by the fact that you aren't resident in Italy.

    http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens...s/index_en.htm

    As above you wouldn't get refused essential treatment anyway regardless.
 
 
 
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