How to Get Free Medicare on the NHS
People with a pre-existing condition or a serious medical condition can get free Medicare, according to a new survey by the UK’s biggest insurance provider.
According to the survey of 1,600 people, the average UK adult is paying around £100 a year for Medicare.
The survey found that just over a third of the people surveyed had already received their free Medicare benefit, which covers health, education and care, as of March 1.
But many people will not get a single penny, with some people who had a serious condition getting a subsidy of around £20 a month.
The survey also found that a significant proportion of those surveyed did not have insurance, meaning they are ineligible to be enrolled in Medicare.
“Almost one in five people will be denied Medicare because they are in an existing group who will not be able to be eligible for the program.
And more than one in three people will have no access to Medicare for a prolonged period of time because of the need to work, care for a family member or care for themselves,” said Dr Anja Tew, chief executive of the Independent Payment Advisory Committee.
In an emailed statement to The Hindu, a spokesperson for the Independent Payments Advisory Committee said the report “is based on an analysis of the data and data from the independent community”.
The spokesperson also said the survey “underscores the need” for a government review of Medicare, with a spokesperson saying: “We know there are some concerns about the way we pay for Medicare and we have made changes to ensure we are paying people properly and with appropriate safeguards.””
It also confirms that there is significant scope for further improvement in the way Medicare is administered and the payment of healthcare costs, including on a state-by-state basis.”
The spokesperson also said the survey “underscores the need” for a government review of Medicare, with a spokesperson saying: “We know there are some concerns about the way we pay for Medicare and we have made changes to ensure we are paying people properly and with appropriate safeguards.”
The report is part of the National Health Action Plan, a blueprint to increase the uptake of new Medicare.
It was announced in September and aims to reduce the cost of care in the NHS, provide greater support for those with a serious or chronic condition and ensure all patients receive a decent quality of care.
“There are a number of ways to reduce healthcare costs that are working well across the UK,” said Tew.
The report also found an increase in Medicare payments, including for dental, mental health and disability, which has led to an increase of almost 60 per cent in the number of people getting a payment.
However, the report also pointed out that there was a significant amount of variation across the country, with many people who do not qualify for Medicare will not receive a payment, while others who do qualify will.
The report found that one in four people with a significant condition would not receive their full Medicare benefit for a period of three months, compared to one in six for those without a serious illness.
Another third of people would not be eligible to be entitled to Medicare, even though they would not have any serious medical conditions.
Some people are likely to be ineligible for Medicare for longer periods of time, such as because they cannot pay for care in their area or because they do not have the money to pay for their own healthcare.
The National Health Service and the NHS are both run by the Government, so they are responsible for making sure people get the services they need, Tew said.
A spokesperson for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that, as part of a new package of reforms, the Government is committed to working with independent bodies to ensure that the UK has the best possible health service and a fairer health system.
“We have already made significant progress towards delivering the right health services for people and we will continue to make this progress,” said the spokesperson.
More to come.