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European Health Card
Written by UK inSpain   
Friday, 22 February 2013
A new website that explains how British citizens should use their UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) has been launched as part of a campaign to clear up common confusion over how to obtain healthcare in Spain.

The website http://www.healthcareinspain.eu/ provides comprehensive information on the use of EHICs, whether visiting or living in Spain.

What you should know about the European Health Insurance Card

A UK-issued European Health Insurance Card should only be used to access medically-necessary state treatment during the course of a temporary stay in Spain. It does not provide access to all state treatment but for those in Spain on a temporary stay, it is the correct way to access state healthcare.

British citizens who live mainly in Spain should change the way they are registered, because for them the UK European Health Insurance Card is not the correct form of health cover. The new website  provides an interactive questionnaire that, depending on personal circumstances, links British residents to the Spanish social security webpage or a search page for the local INSS office or local health centre.
 
Testing Well or Borehole Water
Written by Dave Fisher   
Friday, 17 September 2010

It all came about because some friends look after a holiday home that is rented out; one family had trouble in that they contracted Hepatitis whilst on an extended holiday. So, because of the many accusations, the owners asked for the borehole water to be tested; the result was that although the water was “not nice” it didn’t cause the disease.

I will digress here for those that don’t know the difference; a borehole (perforacion in Spanish) is a very deep hole in the ground going far below the start of the water table. About nine inches across they vary from 25 metres to 90 metres deep. They rely on the pressure of water to sustain the flow out to your tap. On the other hand, a “normal well” (pozo artesano) is from two to four metres across, not normally deeper than 20 metres. It relies on having sufficient water in the well for your use, taking hours to refill to the original level before you opened the tap.

 
Our experience of registering with the Spanish Health service
Written by June Constable   
Monday, 01 December 2008
When preparing to come and live in Spain  we initially looked at the Department of Health website ¹ this gives you considerable information about what to do when emigrating and also about receiving your state pension. 
 
More Help for Older People
Written by Yvonne Ferrier   
Thursday, 17 September 2009

During his recent visit to Madrid, Minister for Consular Affairs Chris Bryant MP,  unveiled the latest step in the British Government’s help package for older British people living in Spain. As well as information roadshows, advice surgeries, and dedicated Department for Work and Pensions/Department of Health staff in consulates, a new partnership between the British Consular network, Age UK and Age Concern España will help spread information and assistance further.

 
Useful Links
Written by Yvonne Ferrier   
Thursday, 01 October 2009

Websites with information about health and pensions. If you have any that you think would be useful to add then please send them in.

 

British Consulate in Spain   British Embassy Website
 UK in Spain advice  Pensions, benefits, and healthcare information.
 Foreign Office Locate  Register your details in Spain for emergency contact.
 UK NHS  Info  Moving and living abroad
 UK Pension Info  Pensions & Retirement Planning
 Andalucia Junta sesentaycinco Card Information in English about card, giving benefits for those aged 65+
 Junta de Andalucia  Online GP Appointments
 Age Concern España Infoline Number  902 00 38 38

 

 
 
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