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Now living in SPAIN can't get reasonable health care

Old Feb 5th 2020, 3:57 pm
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Now living in SPAIN can't get reasonable health care
not eligible for Spanish health care
can't use UK cover as now living here
and not old enough to get state pension
but of a sticky one as husband and i are on medication , most is covered by UK but some are not
paying 160 a month over counter for 2 meds which are not but are important
any views welcome thank you
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Surely you researched this sort of stuff before you moved over?
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Old Feb 5th 2020, 4:36 pm
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Even if you had private health insurance very few policies provide any cover for the cost of medications, and if you paid into the Spanish public health system via the Convenio Especial (which costs €60 per month per person for those aged under 65) that would not cover the cost of medications either. To be eligible for the Convenio Especial you need to have been officially registered as resident in Spain for at least one year, and I take it you are not yet registered as in order to do so you would have had to provide proof of comprehensive health insurance with no co-payments (a real Catch 22 situation, I am afraid). As the previous poster said, it's very important to check these things out before making the move.
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What are the two OTC meds that are costing that amount?
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By living here do you mean resident? If so you should have shown a private medical cover certificate if not working. If you mean you are here as tourist then you can use your european card for some things but you wont get free medication. There is no free healthcare here in spain ( despite what some people are going to tell you)
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All explained here

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain#healthcare
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Default Re: Now living in SPAIN can't get reasonable health care

Originally Posted by Chipmonk View Post
By living here do you mean resident? If so you should have shown a private medical cover certificate if not working. If you mean you are here as tourist then you can use your european card for some things but you wont get free medication. There is no free healthcare here in spain ( despite what some people are going to tell you)

I think there is in Catalonia.
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Originally Posted by snikpoh View Post
I think there is in Catalonia.
Good to know. They actually say here that each region has different offerings. https://www.barcelona-metropolitan.c...-in-catalunya/
One thing that is important to remember about the Spanish health-care system is that it is decentralized, so the way system works in each of Spain’s 17 communities varies, and coverage can vary too, with some regions—such as Catalunya—offering even more services than legally mandated. Each community has its own health-care card (targeta sanitària individual (TSI)) and health-care management system, so coverage will vary, depending on where you live.
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Default Re: Now living in SPAIN can't get reasonable health care

Originally Posted by Nessynoo2015 View Post
Now living in SPAIN can't get reasonable health care
not eligible for Spanish health care
can't use UK cover as now living here
and not old enough to get state pension
but of a sticky one as husband and i are on medication , most is covered by UK but some are not
paying 160 a month over counter for 2 meds which are not but are important
any views welcome thank you
Looking at your old post it would appear you are in La Linea, a part time job in Gibraltar may be a worth considering.
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