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Old May 10th 2011, 1:36 am
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Hi, Im 60 & looking to relocate to Spain from England with my Youngest daughter ( age 16). I want to know how to enter the healthcare system. Because I have diabetes & Arthritis I need to know that I am fully covered. My daughter wants to work part time or go to college part time.
Ive already had conflicting info re the above.

We want to relocate to around Alicante.

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Hi robd955,

So pleased to see you decided to register. As I mentioned previously I'm not in Spain but I'm sure one of our Spain regulars will be along soon to give you some pointers.

I hope you enjoy being part of our community and if you get stuck on anything please let myself, our Spain moderators Mitzyboy or Fred James, or our Concierges, The Oddities know.

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Hello and a big welcome to BE.

Excellent information can be found in the BE Wiki, not forgetting the Living and Moving Abroad forum that will help you. Yet another set of great help is the permanente threads at the TOP of each forum, they are very pertinent to that particular forum and makes sensible reading.

Moderators deal with any problems that arise such as inappropriate posts, spammers etc, you will find their names at the bottom right hand side of each forum's index in bold font.

Please contact me if I can give you any further help.

Regarding health care it appears to be slightly different in the different provinces so have you any idea as yet to where you might end up?

Diabetics receive their prescriptions free, needles are free from the health centre but the lancets have to be paid for.

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Hello and a big welcome to BE.

Excellent information can be found in the BE Wiki, not forgetting the Living and Moving Abroad forum that will help you. Yet another set of great help is the permanente threads at the TOP of each forum, they are very pertinent to that particular forum and makes sensible reading.

Moderators deal with any problems that arise such as inappropriate posts, spammers etc, you will find their names at the bottom right hand side of each forum's index in bold font.

Please contact me if I can give you any further help.

Regarding health care it appears to be slightly different in the different provinces so have you any idea as yet to where you might end up?

Diabetics receive their prescriptions free, needles are free from the health centre but the lancets have to be paid for.

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Hi, thank you- we are looking at areas around Alicante ( within 40 mnts drive from the Airport.
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Originally Posted by robd955
Hi, Im 60 & looking to relocate to Spain from England with my Youngest daughter ( age 16). I want to know how to enter the healthcare system. Because I have diabetes & Arthritis I need to know that I am fully covered. My daughter wants to work part time or go to college part time.
Ive already had conflicting info re the above.

We want to relocate to around Alicante.

Many thanks
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Hi & welcome.

The first thing to note is that you are currently below retirement age and it sounds as though you don't intend working in Spain (an assumption I know).

Given the above, before you come to Spain, contact the DWP and fill in form S1 - this should entitle you up to 2 years reciprocal health care in Spain (for you and your daughter). After that, then it looks like you have to go private although there are various other options that may be appropriate (do a search on this forum).

Best of luck.
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Originally Posted by snikpoh
Hi & welcome.

The first thing to note is that you are currently below retirement age and it sounds as though you don't intend working in Spain (an assumption I know).

Given the above, before you come to Spain, contact the DWP and fill in form S1 - this should entitle you up to 2 years reciprocal health care in Spain (for you and your daughter). After that, then it looks like you have to go private although there are various other options that may be appropriate (do a search on this forum).

Best of luck.
Hi, & thank you for taking the time to reply. I have contacted DWP & seemingly the 2 years free treatment is now 3 months.
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Hi, & thank you for taking the time to reply. I have contacted DWP & seemingly the 2 years free treatment is now 3 months.

It depends on your NI payments over the last years. It can be UP TO 2 years if you have paid fully.

On the bright side, Private Health care is relatively low cost here .... Also if you are in the Valencia region you can pay into the system per quarter to gain health care
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It depends on your NI payments over the last years. It can be UP TO 2 years if you have paid fully.

On the bright side, Private Health care is relatively low cost here .... Also if you are in the Valencia region you can pay into the system per quarter to gain health care
Hi, & thanks, re private health care - the cheapest quote I had was 900 euros , but that didnt cover pre exsisting conditions re my diabetes & Arthritis. I wouldnt mind paying into the " system" providing it covered pre exsisting conditions.
Gosh , I cant believe how complicated it can be - wish I was 65!
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Hi, & thanks, re private health care - the cheapest quote I had was 900 euros , but that didnt cover pre exsisting conditions re my diabetes & Arthritis. I wouldnt mind paying into the " system" providing it covered pre exsisting conditions.
Gosh , I cant believe how complicated it can be - wish I was 65!
Well, that is cheap compared to what you would pay in the UK, but of course no use if it doesnt cover existing.

Therefore think about moving further North into the Valencia region where you will be able to pay a monthly fee to access the health system, and it will cover existing conditions. Someone else on here may know the charges, I thought it was two hundred and something euros a quarter but I may be wrong
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Originally Posted by robd955
Hi, & thanks, re private health care - the cheapest quote I had was 900 euros , but that didnt cover pre exsisting conditions re my diabetes & Arthritis. I wouldnt mind paying into the " system" providing it covered pre exsisting conditions.
Gosh , I cant believe how complicated it can be - wish I was 65!
Isn't it 67 now (I think it is in Spain anyway).

I'm only 53 so have many more years to go . My quote for private cover was simply stupid (family of 5) and would not cover my existing back problem (requiring wheelchair etc. at some point!).

On the up-side, if you can get cover here then it is as good as in UK if not better.
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Originally Posted by Mitzyboy
I thought it was two hundred and something euros a quarter but I may be wrong
That rings a bell but remember it is €250 per person.
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Originally Posted by Mitzyboy
It depends on your NI payments over the last years. It can be UP TO 2 years if you have paid fully.

On the bright side, Private Health care is relatively low cost here .... Also if you are in the Valencia region you can pay into the system per quarter to gain health care
But Alicante is in Valencia - or is there a difference between Province/Region and Communidad???? (Sorry, I get confused by all these words - why don't they call them Counties)
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Originally Posted by snikpoh
But Alicante is in Valencia - or is there a difference between Province/Region and Communidad???? (Sorry, I get confused by all these words - why don't they call them Counties)
I am very confused by it all & ive had a day of making calls to tax credit people & disability people & bereavement benefit people etc etc . Maybe I should have begun my research 20 years ago - I might have had the answers.
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That rings a bell but remember it is €250 per person.

yes - around about that per person per quarter

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But Alicante is in Valencia - or is there a difference between Province/Region and Communidad???? (Sorry, I get confused by all these words - why don't they call them Counties)
yes - they are slightly different

comunidades


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but you're right - the province of Alicante is in the comunidad of Valencia
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Originally Posted by lynnxa
yes - around about that per person per quarter



yes - they are slightly different

comunidades http://aulastic.com/blogs/planes/fil...omunidades.png


provinces http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Rl5caLdw4T...ias_espana.gifThank you That is a brilliant quote from Winnie the Pooh - I wish Winnie was running the health care service!


but you're right - the province of Alicante is in the comunidad of Valencia
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