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Treatment Material For Diabetic Eu Citizens

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by NiccoBit, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. NiccoBit

    NiccoBit · Newbie

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    Dear all,

    I am an Italian citizen studying and living in the UK and I have been diagnosed with diabetes type 1 few days ago.
    I am not familiar with NHS since I have been lucky enough not to need it, so far. However, from now on, I will have to get insulin, needles, lancets and strips.

    I am currently in Italy, but I am coming back to the UK soon, where I have already scheduled an appointment with my GP. In the meantime I am waiting to ask him, I was wondering if someone here knew what kind of medical support EU citizens can have access to. Does NHS provide free material for EU people?
    Thank you.
     
  2. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have you got a European Health Insurance Card? (Make sure you apply for one before you leave Italy if you don't). This should cover you for NHS treatment including GPs, but I strongly suggest you contact your university to double check this.

    UK diabetics can also get free prescriptions (ask for a form from your UK GP). I am not 100% sure whether these are covered by your EHIC card: if not you'll have a small fee to pay every time you get a script filled at the chemist.

    Good luck.

    ps And welcome to the forums:)
     
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  3. NiccoBit

    NiccoBit · Newbie

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    Thank you for your swift answer, Ellie.

    I do have a EHIC card. Hopefully this will be enough, but I will follow your suggestion and further enquiry about free prescriptions.

    Kind regards,
    Nicco
     
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    dbr10 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good luck.
     
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