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Hi everyone,

I am currently in the process of deciding what to do with regards to healthcare in Spain.

The reason I am asking is my best friend has a brain tumour and the care he has received in the UK is excellent and once being an accountant in the NHS the cost of his care would be close to £900k over the last three years. It has made me realise the importance of healthcare for myself and my family as he is only 32 and you don't know what is around the corner.

I personally feel if I was living in Spain and something of this nature occurred I would want to return to the UK to be close to my family.

Options:-

1. I contact DWP and get two years cover. Do I then lose my healthcare rights in the UK as I am clearly a non resident. If the worst happen and I then wanted to return to the UK what is my entitlement being a British citizen?

2. Private Healthcare in Spain, I get paid in the UK so will pay tax and NI so will continue to be entitled to healthcare in the UK. If something serious happens I can fly home.

Option two seems to be the safe option in my opinion.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

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I think if something happened to me I would want to be flown from the UK to Spain!!! From what I've seen and altho their "bedside manner" isnt quite as good, their care, attitude, facilities and equipment is second to none!! It certainly makes the NHS hospitals in the UK look very old and shabby by comparison

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Hi everyone,

I am currently in the process of deciding what to do with regards to healthcare in Spain.

The reason I am asking is my best friend has a brain tumour and the care he has received in the UK is excellent and once being an accountant in the NHS the cost of his care would be close to £900k over the last three years. It has made me realise the importance of healthcare for myself and my family as he is only 32 and you don't know what is around the corner.

I personally feel if I was living in Spain and something of this nature occurred I would want to return to the UK to be close to my family.

Options:-

1. I contact DWP and get two years cover. Do I then lose my healthcare rights in the UK as I am clearly a non resident. If the worst happen and I then wanted to return to the UK what is my entitlement being a British citizen?

2. Private Healthcare in Spain, I get paid in the UK so will pay tax and NI so will continue to be entitled to healthcare in the UK. If something serious happens I can fly home.

Option two seems to be the safe option in my opinion.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

Ken
sorry to hear about your friend

I understand your feelings - but if you live in Spain you have no right to healthcare in the UK anyway, except for emergency care as a tourist -whether you have private ins here or use the state system, no matter where you are paid

in either case though, if you move back to the UK your healthcare rights are reinstated
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I think if something happened to me I would want to be flown from the UK to Spain!!! From what I've seen and altho their "bedside manner" isnt quite as good, their care, attitude, facilities and equipment is second to none!!

Jo xxx

As someone who works in the health service in the UK i think the care you get is generally v good however I do think it is also very hit and miss. My trust is a very small and very specialised so for me to be honest I am in a bit of an NHS bubble. The staff I work with are dedicated and professional, but then we do not contract out cleaning or estate management. As a nursing sister I am responsible for what happens etc.

Having said all of that... the NHS is not the be all and end all of health care, and although I have not experienced -yet - the spanish healthcare system I have been told is very good.

Not sure what I am saying. but I am sure there are positives and negatives in both


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As someone who works in the health service in the UK i think the care you get is generally v good however I do think it is also very hit and miss. My trust is a very small and very specialised so for me to be honest I am in a bit of an NHS bubble. The staff I work with are dedicated and professional, but then we do not contract out cleaning or estate management. As a nursing sister I am responsible for what happens etc.

Having said all of that... the NHS is not the be all and end all of health care, and although I have not experienced -yet - the spanish healthcare system I have been told is very good.

Not sure what I am saying. but I am sure there are positives and negatives in both


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Are you my long lost twin lol???? I used to work in the NHS/PCT too A practice nurse and I was in charge of our local out of hours GP service before it was taken over!!! I have to say that when "the chips are down" the NHS does rise to the occasion, but sadly and unlike the OPs friend, I have known two very close family members who were let down badly by the NHS - My mother, who was diagnosed with a compacted faeces (AKA bowel cancer) and my mother in law who was diagnosed with wind (AKA a burst intestine).

When I broke my leg in Spain, I was xrayed, plastered and out within an hour. When I went to a UK hospital for the same leg problem(a long story), I was at the hospital for 8 hours! and even then I didnt go to the plaster room!!

But as I say, I used to work for the NHS - well the PCT, and altho it was grossly misused and underfunded, the care and dedication behind it was exemplary!

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With no social security payments here, we were not entitled to state healthcare and have been with Sanitas for many years. I have never had reason to complain. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, every test possible was performed with no questions asked. The chemo and radiation, his operation (11 hours and 2nd only in difficulty to open-heart surgery), the month in ICU, the 14 separate admissions to hospital and numerous outpatient trips were all covered. Only the drugs that were consumed at home were bought privately, everything else was provided. Given the choice of returning to NHS care or private care in Spain, which do you think I would pick?

I can understand those with close ties in the UK wishing to return there for serious problems. Therefore, if I were the OP, I would take state care here in Spain and, if money were no object, spend the extra on a private policy in the UK.

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As a retired nurse I'm proud to have worked in several acute areas of the NHS where the care has always been first rate. Spanish health care has a good reputation though I believe long term aftercare is poor, certainly for the elderly frail and or confused.

My mother in law is due her third operation to correct the absolute botch job she received on her leg in Spain.

Quick fix up, operation, then Spain should be fine, for long term care or treatment I'd say NHS.
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I had a quintuple heart bye pass in 2000 and I am a diabetic. In the UK I was always being called to the doctors surgery for check up for this, that and the other. Since arriving in Spain 2 years ago I have found that you have to ask for the different tests as otherwise you won't be called to the surgery. That said, once you do ask, the care is identical if not better than in the UK, so I feel that if you don't ask you don't get !! I have just realised that my 31 year old daughter has not been called in for a cervical smear test, and she has lived in Spain for 3 years.


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