I have been resident in Spain since 1994, and live in Mijas-Costa. I have always paid social security until last October, when my ´paro´ or unemployment benefit stopped, after losing my job at Viva Estates in 2007. This year, in January, I had a melanoma removed. I used Xanit Hospital in Benalmadena as I have private health insurance with Medifiat.
I saw an oncologist yesterday at Quiron Hospital in Malaga, and he tells me he would prescribe interferon, which is a type of chemotherapy drug, to be injected at home over the next 12 months. I understand Medifiat will not cover the cost of this, as I will not be hospitalised for the treatment. The drug costs approximately €800 per month, which I cannot afford. The oncologist at private hospital told me he would write a report so I could go to my previous social security doctor for the drug, but I stopped paying into the system last October.
I am now feeling desperate, and I want to know, what rights I have to social security health care in Spain, having paid into the system since 1994? I only stopped paying last October when my unemployment benefit stopped. Am I still entitled to health care? I still have my social security card, but not sure if it is valid any more?
Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.