Originally Posted by shoemanpete
The papers are full of the changes to access to health care here in Spain so that new expats cannot abuse the system. I am dying to know how others have been using the health system 'illegally'? You either have to be contributing into the system via working or have the appropriate UK S1 form. The EHIC is for emergency use as we know. Our S1 entitlement has expired and I am not in receipt of a pension yet. The Dr here has categorically said 'that's it'.
So how have people been 'abusing the system'?
simply - Spain has tightened up the systems
people HAVE been using the EHIC for years even though they live here - & doubly abusing systems by returning to the UK for operations because they are 'entitled' to - but of course they aren't really
they just slipped through the net - they were allowed to register as temporary patients with the EHIC & just kept using their temp cards forever - sometimes even getting new ones!!
it has been a gradual tightening up - but it does seem to be getting there