Medical Abroad & SPVA HELP

#1
Finally after 2 years got a medical for a supplement with my War Pension . However ive been told that i have to pay for the medical because i moved abroad and its procedure to claim back from consulate.

I phoned up the SPVA , told them im sorry i cant afford to pay in advance and wait 3 months for the medical , only to be told.

its my own fault for living abroad , and then tells me , they arnt forcing me to have it , stop the claim and its not a problem ...

Does anyone have any advice about medicals abroad as im in limbo , and has anyone ever had problems being spoken to like crap on the phone to SPVA

Tried Legion , but not much help, as never dealt with before ..
 
#2
I am in probably the same boat but was offered a medical if I return to UK on leave or one out here via the consulate, I sent them my leave dates but have not had reply yet.
 
#3
Have you tried ssafa they have a section on there website for overseas veterans. They could possibly get you the funding or know some way to help.
 
#4
Finally after 2 years got a medical for a supplement with my War Pension . However ive been told that i have to pay for the medical because i moved abroad and its procedure to claim back from consulate.

I phoned up the SPVA , told them im sorry i cant afford to pay in advance and wait 3 months for the medical , only to be told.

its my own fault for living abroad , and then tells me , they arnt forcing me to have it , stop the claim and its not a problem ...

Does anyone have any advice about medicals abroad as im in limbo , and has anyone ever had problems being spoken to like crap on the phone to SPVA

Tried Legion , but not much help, as never dealt with before ..
ssafa would be my first stop followed the war pension helpline at HQ British Legion they helped friends of mine same problem living in Greece and Cypress call +44 (0)20 3207 2169 (direct to pensions) or e mail from this page Pensions - The Royal British Legion.
 
#5
Finally after 2 years got a medical for a supplement with my War Pension . However ive been told that i have to pay for the medical because i moved abroad and its procedure to claim back from consulate.

I phoned up the SPVA , told them im sorry i cant afford to pay in advance and wait 3 months for the medical , only to be told.

its my own fault for living abroad , and then tells me , they arnt forcing me to have it , stop the claim and its not a problem ...

Does anyone have any advice about medicals abroad as im in limbo , and has anyone ever had problems being spoken to like crap on the phone to SPVA

Tried Legion , but not much help, as never dealt with before ..
Just out of interest which country do you live in?

I don't want your address, country may be informative though.
 
#8
They have sort of reciprocal agreement in Spain don't they the big european agreement thingy? FFS if its Spain jump on Ryanair or similar for 50 quid and get the medical done if its going to bring in extra wonga.
 
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Michaelo

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#9
Finally after 2 years got a medical for a supplement with my War Pension . However ive been told that i have to pay for the medical because i moved abroad and its procedure to claim back from consulate.

I phoned up the SPVA , told them im sorry i cant afford to pay in advance and wait 3 months for the medical , only to be told.

its my own fault for living abroad , and then tells me , they arnt forcing me to have it , stop the claim and its not a problem ...

Does anyone have any advice about medicals abroad as im in limbo , and has anyone ever had problems being spoken to like crap on the phone to SPVA

Tried Legion , but not much help, as never dealt with before ..
I'm yer man. I live in Thailand. First of all any dealings to do with the SPVA (*******) have to be done through the Embassy in the country you now reside. If the SPVA want you to undergo a medical the SPVA will contact you through the British Embassy. They liaise with the SPVA and payments are made through them.
The Embassy will contact you by sending you a letter requesting you to attend a medical. You can decide (according to my experience) the doctor. You tell the Embassy the doctors details and they forward the medical documents that practice. The cost are then forwarded from the doctor to the Embassy who then pay the bill on behalf of the SPVA (*******). Before you attend any medical you obtain form WPA0355 & WPA0241 from the SPVA to claim for your travel expenses. They'll try to avoid payment one way or other, but stick with it, after all they're *******.
That's it for now. Please get back to me with any questions. I'll now read the replies below/above and reply accordingly.
PS. I think due to my involvement with the SPVA and GB Embassies, the Embassy's no longer act as agents for the SPVA (*******) as of the end of this month.
 
#11
Finally after 2 years got a medical for a supplement with my War Pension . However ive been told that i have to pay for the medical because i moved abroad and its procedure to claim back from consulate.

I phoned up the SPVA , told them im sorry i cant afford to pay in advance and wait 3 months for the medical , only to be told.

its my own fault for living abroad , and then tells me , they arnt forcing me to have it , stop the claim and its not a problem ...

Does anyone have any advice about medicals abroad as im in limbo , and has anyone ever had problems being spoken to like crap on the phone to SPVA

Tried Legion , but not much help, as never dealt with before ..
Try 01253 333494. It's the Medical Discharge Welfare people (well that's what she told me on the phone, when she called the other day).
 
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Michaelo

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#12
Basically if you live outside of the UK nobody seems to want to know. The SPVA (*******) surely do not cater for WP's that don't live in the UK. Their rules, practices, methods all revolve around you being domicile in the UK. Where I live I can't catch public transport, there isn't any. The SPVA (*******) can't seem to get in their heads that people don't work/live the same way as does the UK claimant. And therefore it give all of them an headache when you rock the boat. I've even complained in writing to the Chief Executive to the SPVA (*******) and I find out he will not reply in writing himself.
Late now for me so will write more tomorrow.
 
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Michaelo

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#13
Try 01253 333494. It's the Medical Discharge Welfare people (well that's what she told me on the phone, when she called the other day).
Please read my first post. If you don't live in the UK then your local Embassy is your agent for the SPVA (*******). Please believe me.
 
#14
Please read my first post. If you don't live in the UK then your local Embassy is your agent for the SPVA (*******). Please believe me.
You're a very bitter person.

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#17
What just because I proved that you post contributed jack all to the OP's questions? My advice is 100% on the ball, where as yours ain't worth a salt. Good evening.
Read some of my previous posts, Fucko.

I'd call you a gobby shit in real life as well.
 
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bokkatankie

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#18
Oh crap here we go again. I live abroad, I get a 50% WDP and SPVA look after me very well and for the last 10 years I have never had a problem that could not be sorted out by email, I think I have sent 2 letters in that time. To date I have never phoned SPVA, there has been no need to.

They have paid up every time, my suppliers out here know the form and as they normally wait over 6 months for the local government to pay up, waiting 3 months (usually much less) for SPVA to pay me so I can pay them is never a problem.

Perhaps if some of the complaining ones on here actually engaged with the medics in the places they live they may find them most helpful and they will make a plan about payment.

As to claiming travel expenses, FFS, now that is really an example of the entitlement culture.

SPVA have paid for operations, new legs, new bits for legs, X-rays, MRI scan and much more.

As I have said so many times but none of the bitter and twisted brigade wants to hear, they do a good job and for me they always have, perhaps that is because I am polite to them, respect the process and do not expect a reply to my email in 30 seconds!
 
#19
Oh crap here we go again. I live abroad, I get a 50% WDP and SPVA look after me very well and for the last 10 years I have never had a problem that could not be sorted out by email, I think I have sent 2 letters in that time. To date I have never phoned SPVA, there has been no need to.

They have paid up every time, my suppliers out here know the form and as they normally wait over 6 months for the local government to pay up, waiting 3 months (usually much less) for SPVA to pay me so I can pay them is never a problem.

Perhaps if some of the complaining ones on here actually engaged with the medics in the places they live they may find them most helpful and they will make a plan about payment.

As to claiming travel expenses, FFS, now that is really an example of the entitlement culture.

SPVA have paid for operations, new legs, new bits for legs, X-rays, MRI scan and much more.

As I have said so many times but none of the bitter and twisted brigade wants to hear, they do a good job and for me they always have, perhaps that is because I am polite to them, respect the process and do not expect a reply to my email in 30 seconds!
You know for a fact that Micky O will have something to say about that. Does it bother you?

Escotia and I spend probably most of our waking time trying to help people. Do they care? Do they ****. It's RHQ and I'll probably get ROPs for this, but **** it, some people never listen and sometimes I spend my time banging my ******* head against the wall.

People will not listen to the advice they are being given from people who have been there, done that, got the t-shirt, had the shit.

Dingerr is also a good source of info. He's legless all the time though.

I ******* despair sometimes, I really do.

Right, who wants to do the shredding? (It's RHQ, and you lot know you are not allowed in here).
 
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bokkatankie

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#20
You know for a fact that Micky O will have something to say about that. Does it bother you?
Not at all, he appears to think that SPVA should be doing something special for him because he lives abroad; did he choose to live abroad? Does he pay tax in UK anymore? Where does he live and the OP? I live in South Africa and my story is simple, I chose to move here, I no longer pay UK tax (anymore) but I have not had a problem with SPVA (wonderful people).

That does not fit the stereotype that Micky O and others like to portray, to them SPVA should be doing something it cannot; provide the same level of service no matter where and how you choose to live.

Medicals are a requirement (and always have been) based on the type and level of WDP and other benefits you are getting.

Many of the supplemental benefits are simply not allowable if you do not live in UK (bit like child benefit).

I got a form last year that I completed and had notorised as evidence that I was still alive and that SPVA were paying my pension to the right person. Even this simple process seemed to cause outrage with some on this site, how dare they make me fill in a one page form!!!!!!!

I do appreciate what Escotia, Dinger and you bring to this site in terms of advice in what can be a confusing and, at first, daunting process. I also had (and still get) excellent help from BLESMA, I even had a welfare visit from one chap as he was on holiday near by and thought he would check up on me.

As the proud owner, as of today, of a brand new Ossur Re-Flex Rotate leg and foot (replaced by Ossur under warranty after the old one broke and supplied by my local leg man) I am, I think in a position to know how the system can work and does work for me.

May be I am just the lucky one in a million, but I think not.
 

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