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Old Jul 19th 2013, 9:03 am
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Did you know that there are some hospitals in Spain that offer both public and private healthcare? If you are admitted to hospital, you should try to check if the hospital is public or private. Also, do not assume an ambulance has taken you to a state-run facility, even if it has been called by a hotel or holiday rep. If the hospital does offer both public and private healthcare you must tell them which one you want to be treated under. Before signing any forms, check that you are not forfeiting the right to be treated under the EHIC. Similarly, if you are offered services over and above what may be considered normal, such as a private room or a translator, it is also possible that this may be due to being treated as a private patient. The EHIC does not cover you for private medical healthcare or repatriation back to the UK. For further information on what your EHIC rights are, visit our
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Old Jul 21st 2013, 8:29 am
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Old Jul 21st 2013, 8:37 am
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http://typicallyspanish.com/spain-ne...lth_Card.shtml

According to the text, El País says, any Spaniard will have the right to be treated in another country in the European Union, with payment being made by his or her regional health service in Spain.

Likewise any European can come to Spain, pay for health care and then reclaim the money from their country of origin.


The way I read this is that a Spaniard can walk out of a hospital leaving the hospital to pursue the payment, whilst a foreigner in Spain has to pay up and then reclaim the money

Surely not the case?
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Old Jul 21st 2013, 8:51 am
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It would have to be agreed in advance. That has been the case in the UK for some time. You have to get the NHS to agree to you going abroad for treatment using Form S2 (E112).

I would imagine, that, as this is an EU policy, the same would apply if a Spaniard wanted to be treated in the UK.
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