Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:53
BLT - if you have the appropriate forms you should be treated in the EU.
As ever, repatriation is an administrative/government policy thing. Belgium runs its NHS differently and that includes repatriation within the EU but you are expected to take out medical insurance for holidays - common sense - because they found that providing repatriation by medical plane or helicopter for things like skiing accidents was getting too expensive.
Waiting lists are kept down by a) clearing beds of people whose post-op care can be done at home with dressing changes, injections etc from specialist nurses and b) more doctors per head of population than in the UK. 15 years ago my OH had to have a cataract operation (not age related but the result of an earlier accident to his eye) and the surgeon apologised because he's have to wait 10 days!
Posy - you're absolutely right. We have to ask what we can give as well as receive. There is much we can learn from how others in the EU do things and much the UK can offer but, hitherto, I get the distinct feeling that British functionaries at the EU haven't grasped this and don't do as much as they could to make EU systems better.
As for immigration - there are far greater numbers from outside the EU which the UK has the right to control without reference to EU freedom of movement. Leaving the EU won't make border controls any more efficient or stop the human traffickers or make local councils cleverer at providing school places or housing for those already here whether British or not.