Originally Posted by kevink
This thread is about Americans retiring abroad, not UK visitors visiting the U.S., and clearly Americans who choose to expatriate who want to visit the U.S. need to be very aware of the liability they expose themselves to should they return for visits without health insurance coverage.
Yes, I'm a US citizen considering retiring abroad - in the UK - and if I visit the US without insurance I'd buy the travel insurance that every UK visitor to the US buys to cover them in a medical emergency. Americans who retire to countries where they cannot get the level of coverage that Medicare provides or who would prefer to come back to the US for treatment would keep paying Medicare. But unless I intended to move back to the US I wouldn't keep paying medicare once I live in the UK because I'd be covered by the NHS in the UK and by reciprocal agreements in the rest of the EU and several other countries.
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