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15 Sep

Tranquila in Tenerife, Elaine tells us how registering for healthcare made all the difference.

Septiembre 15, 2015 |

We moved to Tenerife four years ago and one of the first things we did was transfer our healthcare cover from the UK to Spain. It was an easy process, but  there are a few steps. First, as state pensioners, we needed to obtain our S1 forms. So I got on the phone to the International Pension Centre in Newcastle. That was easy. The real process came into play when we found out that we needed to register as residents with the national police, then with the local town hall, with Spanish Social Security, and then with the local healthcare centre. (Phew!) We decided to use an interpreter to liaise with the Spanish who was worth her weight in gold.

Getting our healthcare sorted first was one of the smartest moves we made. You never expect to become ill until it happens. I was admitted two years ago to ER with terrible stomach pains and ended up in hospital for a month with pancreatitis. I have nothing but praise for the medical attention I have received in Spain. It was excellent.  I cannot imagine however going through that plus sorting out paperwork and/ or facing an astronomical bill at the end.

So if you are considering to “live the dream” remember to think about healthcare too. Just because you are moving to another European country, it doesn’t mean it will be the same as at home. Don’t be frightened to take the step to change from UK to Spanish healthcare. You’ll be so happy you did it in time.

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