Rheumatoid Arthritis cost in UK

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Hallo everyone, I'm a 28 years old girl and I'm affected from the RA since I was 5.

At the moment I leave in Italy with my husband but in very short time we have to move on and transfer ourself in UK.

I'd like to know how is the RA in UK treated and which are the cost for the cure. In Italy for example for the patience affected from RA all medicines and cure are provided by the "National italian system" without any cost

Can someone help me pls? I didn't found any clear info about this point .

Thanks

Martina

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    Hi

    RA treatment is all free here under National Health.And it's great care as is mine,it couldnt be better..My Rheaumatology dept couldn't be any better if I paid.I get all the latest treatment etc,Biologics My Rheumy Dr is so so caring.as is all his team

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      Hallo, thanks a lot for your quick reply, so basically once i start my new job in UK i need to register to NHS and explain to my GP my situation ( showing eventually all documentation that I have ) and then he takes care about me, correct?

      Another question if you can , here in Italy I have due to my RA an invalid recognise ( here the measurement is made in percentage ) of 50%.

      Works there similar?

      Thanks a lot

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    Hi Marty, The first thing you need to do when you arrive in uk is to register with a local Doctor at your nearest health centre. All treatment is free under the NHS and the receptionist at the health centre will be able to set up an appointment for you so that you can then be referred to a specialist rheumatologist. Good luck.

     

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      Hallo Chris,

      thanks a lot for your quick reply, so basically once i start my new job in UK i need to register to NHS and explain to my GP my situation ( showing eventually all documentation that I have ) and then he takes care about me, correct?

      Another question if you can , here in Italy I have due to my RA an invalid recognise ( here the measurement is made in percentage ) of 50%.

      Works there similar?

      Thanks a lot

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    Hi Marty, regards to your last question, here in the UK you would be assessed on your ability what you can do and can't do as regards to any help you may require due to health issues, as others have said you need to register with a GP first and take it from there.

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    At present you will probably be covered inititally by your reciprocal EU care entitlement for emergency care - as I am in Italy - but once you are resident that will change. I believe - though I am not sure - you may have to pay a one-off payment to be included on the NHS lists depending on future visa requirements and whether you are working or not. Being employed is crucial I think. This is the page on the NHS site you need:

    https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/uk-visitors/moving-to-england/Pages/moving-to-england-from-the-eea.aspx

    Invalidity works differently in the UK from in Italy (I live in AltoAdige). For a "Blue Badge" (car parking etc) you usually have to apply to the local authority where you live and if you already have one from Italy that should make the process simpler. I'm not aware of other invalidity entitlements - cheaper admission to venues etc - in the UK

    Once you are resident and working yourself in the UK you should be covered for health care which is free at point of receipt. But it is different from the Italian system - everything goes via your GP so be sure you find a good one. Much will depend on where you are living and working. The system in England is different from WAles and Scotland - so don't assume they are the same.

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