Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Europe > Spain
Reload this Page >

How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

Old Dec 15th 2014, 11:59 am
  #1  
BE Enthusiast
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 982
Countryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

Although I have private health insurance and am of pensionable age I still pay for my medicines when my doctor issues a prescription. These costs can add up, so can someone advise me how I can possibly get subsidised/paid for prescriptions?
Thanks.
Countryboy1 is offline  
Old Dec 15th 2014, 2:53 pm
  #2  
 
Fred James's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Granada Costa
Posts: 10,920
Fred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

You will have to get your NHS doctor to issue the same prescriptions.

Sometimes they will do this, sometimes they won't.
Fred James is offline  
Old Dec 15th 2014, 3:05 pm
  #3  
BE Enthusiast
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 982
Countryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

Originally Posted by Fred James
You will have to get your NHS doctor to issue the same prescriptions.

Sometimes they will do this, sometimes they won't.
Hi Fred, have I made myself unclear? How can I access an NHS doctor here in Spain, or were you referring to the Spanish NHS?
Even so I can't see how I can go to my private doctor for a consultation, decline his prescriptions but then go another doctor for them!
Countryboy1 is offline  
Old Dec 15th 2014, 3:57 pm
  #4  
Account Closed
 
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 0
scrubbedexpat095 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

Originally Posted by Biffta
Hi Fred, have I made myself unclear? How can I access an NHS doctor here in Spain, or were you referring to the Spanish NHS?
Even so I can't see how I can go to my private doctor for a consultation, decline his prescriptions but then go another doctor for them!
I don't know where you live or your circumstances but the only way you can get cheap prescriptions is if you are a member of a Spanish Health system i.e if you were in Madrid you would need to be a member of Salud Madrid.

If you haven't worked here in Spain and paid SS contributions then I think it's probably impossible for you but I'm sure someone will come along with more exact info for you
scrubbedexpat095 is offline  
Old Dec 15th 2014, 5:20 pm
  #5  
 
Fred James's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Granada Costa
Posts: 10,920
Fred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond reputeFred James has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

Originally Posted by Biffta
Hi Fred, have I made myself unclear? How can I access an NHS doctor here in Spain, or were you referring to the Spanish NHS?
Even so I can't see how I can go to my private doctor for a consultation, decline his prescriptions but then go another doctor for them!
I was referring to the Spanish health service.

The private doctor will give you a prescription. You don't have to use it.

I assume you have a Spanish NHS doctor, in which case you can ask him to give you a similar prescription - he probably won't do so as I am pretty sure it is against the rules. However, if he examines you and decides you need medication he will prescribe it and it "might" be the same as the private doctor prescribed but more likely to be a cheaper alternative.
Fred James is offline  
Old Dec 16th 2014, 8:17 am
  #6  
BE Enthusiast
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 982
Countryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

Thanks Fred, no I don't have a Spanish NHS doctor, I'm not in the Spanish health service at all. Just asked re' prescriptions as, being a pensioner now, I thought perhaps my prescriptions could be got cheaper, but I guess as I'm not in the system, I can't achieve that.
Thanks for your response.
Countryboy1 is offline  
Old Dec 16th 2014, 8:31 am
  #7  
MODERATOR
 
Rosemary's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Costa Valencia
Posts: 14,806
Rosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

Originally Posted by Biffta
Thanks Fred, no I don't have a Spanish NHS doctor, I'm not in the Spanish health service at all. Just asked re' prescriptions as, being a pensioner now, I thought perhaps my prescriptions could be got cheaper, but I guess as I'm not in the system, I can't achieve that.
Thanks for your response.
My understanding is that the only way to receive reduced prescription charges is if you are in the Spanish health care system. If you are in receipt of a UK state pension you can gain the required paperwork and enroll in the health system here. Prescriptions charges are roughly 10% of the price of the medication so it is very helpful if you are on expensive meds.

Rosemary
Rosemary is offline  
Old Dec 16th 2014, 9:38 am
  #8  
BE Enthusiast
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Dec 2011
Posts: 982
Countryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this pointCountryboy1 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

Thanks Rosemary. Fortunately I'm not on expensive medication at the moment but who knows the future?
Think I should enroll on the system!
Countryboy1 is offline  
Old Dec 16th 2014, 12:17 pm
  #9  
MODERATOR
 
Rosemary's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2007
Location: Costa Valencia
Posts: 14,806
Rosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond reputeRosemary has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: How can I get my prescriptions subsidised?

It would make sense because as you so rightly said you cannot predict what you might need in the future. I am lucky because my meds are very cheap even if I had to pay full price but when Graham was ill his meds were expensive and there were a lot of them and they were always changing so if we had needed to pay for them I think that we would have ended up bankrupt.

Rosemary
Rosemary is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.