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Health Care

Post Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:44 am

How long will my british health care cover me while in Spain. By that I mean the regular public health not private insurance.

I know my EU Health card says it is good till 2009, but I think that is just if I am visiting.

I will be doing some traveling back and forth for awhile so I am sure I will not be without coverage but would like to know how often I have to come back to England to keep my NHS coverage effective.

Any information or advice would be great.

 

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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:04 pm

Hello Cajun,
Your EU Health card is for Emergancy cover while you are on holiday here in Spain and can be used while you stay here, it is good for 4 years and then you have to renew it. It acts as a replacement for the old E111 and for that porpus only.

Depending on your situation you can get free health care if you are over 65 years old, or are working (under contract), you will have to sort out private health care if you do not come under the above mentioned.

You can find some real deals if you look around on your next trip to Spain.

David SR


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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:21 pm

Interesting and thank you.

I understood once we registered as residents we could be covered by the public health. Is that incorrect?

How do prescription prices run?


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 5:40 pm

Even as residents you are only entitled to free health care if you are over retirement age or paying into Spanish Social Security system.

Private Health Care is cheaper here than in UK though.

 

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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:57 am

Is the EU card just for emergencies? What about normal medical care? Thankyou

 

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Post Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:29 pm

EU card is for emergency care only and only in State clinics where the chances are no-one will speak any English. Many people used to risk using an E111 long term but the local authorities - in this region at least and reputedly nationwide - are cracking sown on this with avengence. Don´t risk it.

If you pay into Spanish Social Security, or are a Pensioner, you are entitled to free health care otherwise you need private health cover.

Private cover is well priced - we pay just over 1200 Euros (approx 830 GBP) per year to cover BOTH of us on a top of the range policy. MUCH lessw than we paid for less cover in UK.

 

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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:58 pm

Hello

I get very confused with all the health care issues and keep getting told different things, conflicting most of the time! In the Uk I need medication for the rest of my life and therefore recieve it free as without it I would have serious problems. How do I find out what the protocol is there? Also we have 5 children and my husband will be working when we get out there but I will not at first so how do we go for health care. If he is working does he get it free and we all need a care plan? Hope this makes sense but it is awfully confusing.

Many thanks

Kabab

 

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