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Posted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:32 pm Post subject: Free health care
The law in Spain has changed and many people are now entitled to free health care when they weren't before. If you are under state retirement age, have been resident prior to 24th April 2012, are not entitled to healthcare from your home country and earn less than €100,000 a year you will be entitled to free health care here.
You will need to have a letter from Newcastle stating you are not entitled to further free healthcare, contact details are:
Overseas Healthcare Team (Newcastle)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Phone 0191 218 1999 (Monday to Friday 8am-5pm).
You also need an up to date padron, evidence of residence prior to 24th April 2012, copy of passport and evidence of income being less than €100,000 per year - we got a letter from the bank for this.
You will need the relevant application form completed, and all documentation taken to the relevant office - in our case Huercal Overa. You will subsequently receive a letter from the Junta de Andalucía confirming acceptance which we took to Albox medical centre, they issued us with yet another letter for our health centre which we presented, and are now registered there. I am not sure where to find the application form, we used Clare Shirley to do this and to collate all the information for us. I think the form is called " Solicitud De Reconocimiento Del dereco a la Asistencia Sanitaria de la Seguridad Social". Clare saw to everything and even accompanied us to Albox medical centre in case her translation skills were needed. Clare only charges €10 a person which is far less than the usual €50 or so most other agencies charge for this kind of thing. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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