Expats in Spain are granted healthcare access, but the British government warns that it will be difficult.
EXPATS can continue to use their European Health Insurance Card and enjoy the same healthcare benefits as they did before to Brexit. However, Britons should keep in mind that it will not cover all expenses.
After the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU last year, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) would continue to be valid after Brexit, but Britons have been cautioned of the potential complications.
According to a recent study conducted by A Place in the Sun in collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and the Department of Health and Social Care, more than 46% of Britons are unaware that their EHIC still entitles them to free healthcare in Spain and other EU countries.
This is true not only for expats who live abroad, but also for British tourists.
People can still use their EHIC cards in any EU country’s hospitals and clinics.
Britons can apply for the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) when their current card expires, which will give them the same access.
When traveling to another nation, however, it is suggested that Britons purchase private insurance.
This is due to the fact that the EHIC or GHIC does not cover every circumstance.
Private treatments and medical repatriation are not covered by the European Health Insurance Card.
A representative for the Department of Health and Social Care responded to the situation.
“The agreement we reached with the European Union maintains flexibility for travellers seeking healthcare in the EU and ensures that the costs of healthcare for certain groups, including eligible pensioners, are covered when they relocate to those countries,” Andy Bridge, Managing Director of A Place in the Sun, said.
“The main potential difficulties when applying for residence are demonstrating sufficient funds in a Spanish bank account and obtaining a private health insurance policy,” he said, adding that “the requirement to have a private Spanish health insurance policy has been problematic for those with serious pre-existing conditions who may not be able to get cover.” “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”