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I am moving to Spain to work and live in a few months. I have type 2 Diabetes, controlled by tablets and diet only (not insulin) I currently get free “repeat” prescriptions here in the UK for Metformin can I get this free in Spain, I have registered for NIS etc, or will I have to pay for it. Do I need to bring any documents from the UK to ensure I get this prescription? Any advice/help appreciated.

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I am moving to Spain to work and live in a few months. I have type 2 Diabetes, controlled by tablets and diet only (not insulin) I currently get free “repeat” prescriptions here in the UK for Metformin can I get this free in Spain, I have registered for NIS etc, or will I have to pay for it. Do I need to bring any documents from the UK to ensure I get this prescription? Any advice/help appreciated.
HI & welcome

you'll need to register with a doctor here & then you'll be able to get all the medication

I don't know if you'll have pay for it though


if you use the search button at the top you should be able to find out more about healthcare in Spain

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I'm pretty sure you have to pay for prescriptions here, we have, altho the doctors visit has been covered by our NHIC and NI that my OH pays in the UK. Apparently, its only babies and the elderly who get free prescriptions in Spain. Everytime we've needed them we've had to pay. However, unlike the UK, where there is a fixed prescription rate, you pay the cost of the medication - ie Steroid tablets are 2.50€, Migraine tablets 30€

But I could be wrong......???¿!

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I'm pretty sure you have to pay for prescriptions here, we have, altho the doctors visit has been covered by our NHIC and NI that my OH pays in the UK. Apparently, its only babies and the elderly who get free prescriptions in Spain. Everytime we've needed them we've had to pay. However, unlike the UK, where there is a fixed prescription rate, you pay the cost of the medication - ie Steroid tablets are 2.50€, Migraine tablets 30€

But I could be wrong......???¿!

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I know some people do get some stuff free - which is why I said I wasn't sure

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I´d not heard of anyone getting anything for free other than pensioners or people on disability benefit.

OH is on regular drugs and she either goes to the doctors and gets a prescription and gets 60% off the price or pays full price (always surprisingly cheap!) by walking into a chemist and getting what she needs. Although it´s only taken about two and a half years finally we´ve managed to get her main medication put onto the social security tarjeta which means she effectively uses the card as her prescription now so only needs to visit the docs once every 6 months

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I´d not heard of anyone getting anything for free other than pensioners or people on disability benefit.

OH is on regular drugs and she either goes to the doctors and gets a prescription and gets 60% off the price or pays full price (always surprisingly cheap!) by walking into a chemist and getting what she needs. Although it´s only taken about two and a half years finally we´ve managed to get her main medication put onto the social security tarjeta which means she effectively uses the card as her prescription now so only needs to visit the docs once every 6 months
so pensioners, babies & those on disability


the OP might fit into one of those categories for all we know, so might get free prescriptions




well I dare say it's safe to assume Luckyboy isn't a baby

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I am moving to Spain to work and live in a few months. I have type 2 Diabetes, controlled by tablets and diet only (not insulin) I currently get free “repeat” prescriptions here in the UK for Metformin can I get this free in Spain, I have registered for NIS etc, or will I have to pay for it. Do I need to bring any documents from the UK to ensure I get this prescription? Any advice/help appreciated.
Hi Luckyboy,
The bad news is that there are gazillions of people here with type 2. Well, everywhere, but in spain the regular blood checks at the doctors pick up a hell of a lot. Good news is that most, if cought in time, can do it via diet only - by stopping the "bolla dulce", biscuits etc., with coffee for breakfast and the like. I doubt you'll get free prescriptions for the drug you need as a normal, working, bod. However, if you can get it recognised as some form of disability (doubt it for type 2), then it will be free.

The good news, most medicines that I and mine have ever needed, eye drops, cough mixture, antibiotics and even "cortisona" injections for a really dodgy back, have all been way below the cost of a standard prescription in the UK - now well over a fiver I would imagine. All working folk on the system get their prescriptions at 60% discount - so you pay 40% of the price on the box. Retired folk get everything for free.

Don't worry too much. Being employed and on the system means you will pay little or nothing for your drug.

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I am moving to Spain to work and live in a few months. I have type 2 Diabetes, controlled by tablets and diet only (not insulin) I currently get free “repeat” prescriptions here in the UK for Metformin can I get this free in Spain, I have registered for NIS etc, or will I have to pay for it. Do I need to bring any documents from the UK to ensure I get this prescription? Any advice/help appreciated.

Hi Guys, Hi Luckyboy..

I'm new here and came across this post today. I run a site for persons with "Diabetes in Spain" I have Type 1 Diabetes and the retail prices for Insulin are quite high. I can tell you that if your had to pay full price for Metformin, due to the drug being generic medication the prices do reduce quite significantly.

The latest prices for a Box of 50 tablets is currently €2.80 give or take a couple of cents.

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MikeinSpain,

I'm nowhere near ready to move to Spain yet, but out of interest (I have type 1 diabetes) are the prescriptions for insulin expensive. I don't pay here in England.

Thanks

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MikeinSpain,

I'm nowhere near ready to move to Spain yet, but out of interest (I have type 1 diabetes) are the prescriptions for insulin expensive. I don't pay here in England.

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Hi Afrosaxon

I currently use NovoRapid and Lantus Solostar.

Currently they retail for €65 & €72 euros respectively and via the Spanish SS (healthcare) it works at approx 2.50 each. So very heavily subsidised.

Accu Chek aviva test strips work out at €43.59 retail and 45 cents per box for me.

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