Changes in healthcare from 1st of July 2014

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30 Apr 2014 11:35 by UKinSpain Star rating. 21 posts Send private message

The Department of Health has announced that as of the 1st July 2014, visitors to another EEA country will no longer be able to claim reimbursements where they pay part of the cost of their treatment.  Under EU law, visitors with EHIC cards travelling to an EEA country, like Spain, should be treated under the same conditions as people who live in that country. So, if a Spanish state pensioner would normally pay part of the cost of their treatment, then the same would apply to a UK state pensioner. For further information please visit NHS Choices





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30 Apr 2014 17:11 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

This looks like the makings of some interesting arguments.  

On the point of prescription charges. 

Of course in Spain one pay according to their income.

 In Andalucía the computers in the farmacias automatically link with those of the Tax Office and thus what one must pay is easily seen

What will happen to say a person from UK ?    How will they prove what their income is and who will decide what they should pay on a Spanish prescription?

 I just don't see how it stands a chance of working in practice, unless the DWP provide all the required info when they issue the EHIC, which of course will vary according  one's income for any particular year.  





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30 Apr 2014 17:11 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

This looks like the makings of some interesting arguments.  

On the point of prescription charges. 

Of course in Spain one pay according to their income.

 In Andalucía the computers in the farmacias automatically link with those of the Tax Office and thus what one must pay is easily seen

What will happen to say a person from UK ?    How will they prove what their income is and who will decide what they should pay on a Spanish prescription?

 I just don't see how it stands a chance of working in practice, unless the DWP provide all the required info when they issue the EHIC, which of course will vary according  one's income for any particular year.  





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