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Registering at a doctors

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:35am
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Sals dad

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Good morning all.

We are having an issue with regards to registering with a doctor in La Marina. When we tried to register they rejected us as our GHIC cards had expired, when we tried to renew them the NHS have rejected the applications on the grounds we no longer live in the UK so we are now in a catch 22 where we need the cards to register but are being refused the cards. Any advice would be very welcome.

Perhaps we should add we have been in Spain for four months and are currently going through the residency precess.

                                  Many Thanks

Steve62

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:46am

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:46am

I believe part of the residency process requires you to have private healthcare. After acceptance for residency and after living in Spain for 12 months you can apply for the Convenio Especial which enables you to access the local doctors and hospitals. Unless I’m mistaken you will have to access your private healthcare for treatment etc. 

Cheryl

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:52am

Cheryl

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:52am

Can I ask how you qualify for state healthcare here in Spain?

Sals dad

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:56am

Sals dad

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:56am

Steve62 wrote on Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:46am:

I believe part of the residency process requires you to have private healthcare. After acceptance for residency and after living in Spain for 12 months you can apply for the Convenio Especial which enables you to access the local doctors and hospitals. Unless I’m mistaken you will have to acces...

...s your private healthcare for treatment etc. 

Hi, thank you for your reply, you are correct we do have medical insurance and perhaps we were mistaken thinking that we could still register with a doctor who if required would issue a prescription etc. So that would also mean should either of us require a prescription we would have to visit a private doctor.

                                      Many thanks

Steve62

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:58am

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:58am

Cheryl wrote on Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:52am:

Can I ask how you qualify for state healthcare here in Spain?

Hi. I’m only 59 so I pay for access to the state system through Convenio Especial. If you are officially retired and receive the state pension you can register your S1 form and get healthcare for free out here. 

Sals dad

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:59am

Sals dad

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:59am

Cheryl wrote on Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:52am:

Can I ask how you qualify for state healthcare here in Spain?

Hi, we currently have private cover for the first year, and possibly beyond but we will have to compare the issues in the future.

                          Thank you

Steve62

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:59am

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:59am

Sals dad wrote on Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:56am:

Hi, thank you for your reply, you are correct we do have medical insurance and perhaps we were mistaken thinking that we could still register with a doctor who if required would issue a prescription etc. So that would also mean should either of us require a prescription we would have to visit a p...

...rivate doctor.

                                      Many thanks

Hi yes. I had to make appointments in Guardamar for a year with my private healthcare provider before I could access local facilities after a year. 

Cheryl

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:00am

Cheryl

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:00am

Sals dad wrote on Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:56am:

Hi, thank you for your reply, you are correct we do have medical insurance and perhaps we were mistaken thinking that we could still register with a doctor who if required would issue a prescription etc. So that would also mean should either of us require a prescription we would have to visit a p...

...rivate doctor.

                                      Many thanks

Your policy documents will give you details of clinics and hospitals they have contracts with, you can't just go to any private doctor.

Steve62

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:02am

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:02am

Sals dad wrote on Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:59am:

Hi, we currently have private cover for the first year, and possibly beyond but we will have to compare the issues in the future.

                          Thank you

Just be aware that if you do decide to cancel your private healthcare after a year, they require at least 2 months written notice of the annulment. 

Cheryl

Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:03am

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Posted: Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:03am

Steve62 wrote on Wed Jun 15, 2022 10:58am:

Hi. I’m only 59 so I pay for access to the state system through Convenio Especial. If you are officially retired and receive the state pension you can register your S1 form and get healthcare for free out here. 

Sorry, I was asking the OP. All now clear!

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