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Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:22 pm Post subject: Prescription drugs
Could anyone provide information on prescriptive drugs.
We are planning a year long stay in Mojácar we aim to arrive in May. We have pretty much sorted everything, accommodation etc, we both take prescriptive drugs. Our GP will issue the prescription but we will then have to buy them here, does anyone have any idea of the costings for A. Antidepressants & B. Omeprazole ( reduce the acid the stomach produces)
If you take your prescription to the chemist a lot of medication can be bought over the counter. A lot of pain killers etc. that are prescribe in u.k you can buy over the counter in the chemist here. Let them know what your problem is ,the chemist here are just as good as doctors unless it is really serious.
Omeprazole (Omeprazol in Spain) can easily be purchased over the counter. However, I suspect that is unlikely to be the case for antidepressants. For these I suspect you will need a prescription from a Spanish doctor. However, if you are planning on staying in Spain for a year you will need to sort out healthcare anyway.
Under Royal Decree 240/07 all EU citizens planning to reside in Spain for more than 3 months are required to register at the Oficina de Extranjeros. In order to do this you will need to prove that you have a) sufficient cash resources and b) sufficient healthcare cover. As far as healthcare is concerned if you are receiving a state pension then you should apply to the International Pensions Centre in Newcastle for a form S1. If you are not in receipt of a state pension then you must either obtain private health insurance (not as expensive in Spain as the UK) or pay for access to the public healthcare system (costs about €60 per month for under 65s). To get access to the public health system in Spain you will also need to be registered on the Padron.
Finally, if you move out in May 2017 you will be spending more that 181 days in Spain in 2017 and will, therefore, become a tax resident in Spain and will be required to submit tax returns (between April and June 2018). However, depending upon the nature of your income you may not have to pay any UK taxes for the tax year 2017/8 . If you return to the UK in May 2018 you may find yourself saving a lot of money in taxes providing you file the right paperwork.
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