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Obtaining an E121

Old Jul 11th 2010, 2:35 pm
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We are have been resident in Australia for a number of years. We have been receiving a UK State Govt pension for the last 5 years. We are considering moving to Spain, but are not getting a straight answer from the UK govt as to whether we would be entitled to an E121 form to get us into the Spanish Health system. Does anyone know the answer to this.
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Old Jul 11th 2010, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by gvmassey
We are have been resident in Australia for a number of years. We have been receiving a UK State Govt pension for the last 5 years. We are considering moving to Spain, but are not getting a straight answer from the UK govt as to whether we would be entitled to an E121 form to get us into the Spanish Health system. Does anyone know the answer to this.
On the face of it as a UK pensioner you should be entitled to move within the EU and take your healthcare with you but there willl probably be some small print which catches you out since you are starting from Aus. ie. Holland to Spain yes easy Aus to Spain "well lets think abut that!".

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Old Jul 11th 2010, 6:37 pm
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Originally Posted by gvmassey
We are have been resident in Australia for a number of years. We have been receiving a UK State Govt pension for the last 5 years. We are considering moving to Spain, but are not getting a straight answer from the UK govt as to whether we would be entitled to an E121 form to get us into the Spanish Health system. Does anyone know the answer to this.
... don't forget that it's not an E121 any more - it's now and 'S1' I think.

I know it doesn't matter but these Government departments will use any excuse to misunderstand you.
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Old Jul 11th 2010, 6:43 pm
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... don't forget that it's not an E121 any more - it's now and 'S1' I think.

I know it doesn't matter but these Government departments will use any excuse to misunderstand you.
you're right

& the British Embassy website is pretty clear on the matter I think

Access to healthcare: S1 (previously E121)

If you get a UK State Pension or Long Term Incapacity Benefit and you decide to move to Spain permanently, ask for your S1 (previously E121) from the International Pension Centre (IPC) in Newcastle.

Once registered with the Spanish authorities, the S1 gives you and your dependants the same medical cover in Spain as a Spanish national under the Spanish state-run health scheme. This cover may not be the same as you received on the NHS in the UK so you may have to pay for some treatments or services. Remember that:

* treatment given privately and repatriation costs to the UK are not covered. Think about whether you want to take out private health insurance.
* some social services may not be available.
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Old Jul 11th 2010, 11:42 pm
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Hi gvmassey,

It's Sally here from the British Embassy in Madrid. Looks like you've already been pointed to our website (great advice lynnxa!)

As mentioned on there, you would need to contact the International Pension Centre to inform them of your move. Their contact details can be found here:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Dire...acts/DG_178684

Once you've got your form, have a look on our site for guidance on how to register it.

All the best with the move,

Best wishes,

Sally
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Old Jul 12th 2010, 9:20 am
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Thanks Sally - that's great news. We were concerned that as we are not resident in the UK and have not been for some years, we would not qualify for an S1, even though we receive a UK State Govt Pension.
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