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Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Spain.

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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2006 7:43 pm

Hello
A couple of questions, somewhat related to the central thread on Healthcare in Spain

1. A UK Pensioner (female) and Prescriptions - my wife receives the UK State Pension and has to take a regular drug through prescription. In the UK – cos of her age – this is free. We understand that we have to get an E121 to continue to receive Spain Free Healthcare – but what about the prescription requirement ? Will this also be included ? Can anyone shed some light please – will this also be free – or will there be a charge
2. Also – there is much comment, if one qualifies, for the free health care in Spain. In the UK we rely on the NHS for healthcare. One reads reports that the Spanish Healthcare is better than the UK. What is the general experience of people – or is there really the need to have a Private Healthcare Policy – just in case ?
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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:05 am

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prescriptions will be covered you just need the correct forms(I'm sure the E121 is correct for pension entitlements) from the uk and reg down at the local town hall if your covered in the uk they will honour it in spain .if you get stuck contact your local British consulate on 0034 956 216 022.
As to the EHIC this is only vaid for 12 weeks in one go and entiles you to free/LOWcost cover if used for longer the department of health have a new fruad squad and they will check up on you with new powers to fine or take you to court for more

 

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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:06 pm

I have done some reading on line and understand that if you are in the UK at least 91 days out of the tax year then you are still a resident of the UK. If that is the case then is your NHS coverage still usable while in ~~Spain the balance of the time?


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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:28 pm

If you pay tax in Spain though - which you have to do if living here more than 6 months of the year - the authorities now have a sharing of info with UK and may well consider you a Spanish resident not UK.

 

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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:45 pm

I have a slightly different angle on this -

I'm Spanish resident but still work full-time for a uk employer (Intenet based), paying UK PAYE and NI.

Do we qualify for Spanish health care or NHS?

 

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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:46 pm

- Avocado

I have a slightly different angle on this -

I'm Spanish resident but still work full-time for a uk employer (Intenet based), paying UK PAYE and NI.

Do we qualify for Spanish health care or NHS?



Logic tells me that you would be only entitled to UK health care.
after all, if you don't pay any contributions into the spanish system, why should they cover you? As an EU citizen one is entitled to emergency treatment anywhere in the EU, but only emergency treatment, as I understand it. In spain, that means going to 'urgencias' with the relevant documents & sitting in the waiting room. the treatment is first class, but someone has to pay for it, no? I have been a resident here for 15 years. I have a NIE & I'm an 'autonomo', ie self employed. while I'm paying 240E a month, I'm entitled to the full monty. when I'm 'de baja', ie signed off, I'm only entitled to emergency cover. tough, but that's the way it is...
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Re: Health Care

Post Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 6:40 pm

Agree with Mac. As far as we are aware, unless you pay into Spanish system you are not entitled to more than emergency care if less than Retirement age.

 

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