Any pensioner who has paid up contributions in the UK whether resident or tourist
Anyone who is registered as working in Spain whether self employed or as a employee
Any one else should have a private medical insurance policy or use the EEC Health Card (old e111)
Any one moving to Spain is best to bring the EC Medical Card from the DHS for free treatment
EC Medical Card is valued for one year and covers all the named family listed but is only ment for those on holiday!
Spanish EC Medical Card should be taken to UK by residents of Spain to obtain treatment there
Pensioners who apply for residency should obtain form E-121(or its new EC equivalent) from the DSS to give the Spanish Social Security Office for their official Spanish Card
Those not of retirement age with some form of UK sickness benefit may benefit from form E-106 (or EC equivalent) from the DSS
Prescribed medicines are Free for old aged pensioners who qualify.
Prescriptions are subsidised for registered workers in Spain by as much as 40%
The service given in the Spanish Hospitals are arguably as good as any in the UK
Private specialist consultations are very good and usually within a day of contacting
Minor Operations are conducted in many Specialist Private clinics
Antibiotics are readily available from the local pharmacists
Those on private medical insurance benefit from some of the finest hospitals in the World
SPANISH HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY THREE CATEGORIES EXIST
One for those able to look after themselves
One for those needing assistance for the invalids or chronically ill
One for mixed residences.
You must be over 65 or 60 if widowed or invalid.
You must be a pensioner of the Spanish Social Security System or a Spouse of the said.
You may apply to any, in any province of Spain
Apply at any Spanish Social Security Office
Private Charity homes exist for all but may take a portion of pension funds as payment
Comfortable Basic to Luxurious Private homes for the elderly are found throughout Spain
TIP: The Cost to see most specialists is usually half that of the UK and can be much quicker ask your doctor for the Specialists tel number and ring direct.