From The Editors Desk

16th September 2017

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Hello and Welcome to this week edition

 

Many of the letters we receive here at Fuertenews are regarding the health system on the island. 

Obviously, this is of concern especially for those wanting to move out here permanently. Over the 14 years I have been here things have changed considerably. It was easy to become a resident and then apply for health care. Not quite so easy now. One either has to prove a regular income and/or have a certain amount of money , around 6000€ to put into a bank account before registering with a Dr. It is also necessary to cancel health care with the correct authorities in ones own country. 

Emergency care is always available at the moment with a European health card at the many health centres around resorts. Very often these centres have limited English speaking doctors. Private Drs are always available, usually English speaking. However prescriptions from these will cost far more than one usually pays.

Remember also there are no old folks care homes on the island as the Spanish look after their own families. Something that really has to be considered if looking to a future here. 

Always advisable to check with www.ukinspain.fco.gov.uk  for further information.

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