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Maria’s Blog

Blog from the CAB Spain’s Medical Advisor, Dr. Maria Tacchi

How Can Citizens Advice Bureau Spain Benefit You?

As an expatriate living in Spain; do you find that the Spanish bureaucratic system can be disconcerting? Have you discovered that the simplest of transactions are difficult to conclude? Find yourself searching for answers to problems only to discover that there is nowhere where you could find a solution? I am assuming that the answer is yes and that is why should be a member of our web site if you arent already.

Question Of The Week: What Happens If You Are Travelling To Another Ue Country And You Know You Will Need Medicine Over There?

That is no longer a problem under the EU directive on crossborder healthcare, becasue as of 25 October 2013 you are able to ask for a cross-border prescription which is intended for use in another EU country: these are designed to help the pha

Question Of The Week: We Are Now Pensioners And Have Our S1, How Should We Proceed To Get Into The Healthcare System?

Q: we are now pensioners and have our S1, how should we proceed to get into the healthcare system? Do I need to take forms with me? What documents should I take? A: once you have your S1s, it´s very easy to register. You do not need to take any

Surgeries/referrals/procedures Do Have A Maximum Wait Time?

In the past weeks I have heard and answered many questions about people waiting huge amounts of time for surgeries, so let’s go over the facts, and your rights again. Law that regulates maximum wait time for surgeries: Each autonomous communit

Where Is My Healthcare Centre? When Is It Open? Does It Offer Emergency Treatments After Hours?

It is very important to know what healthcare centres are available to you, opening hours, and most importantly, if they have urgent treatment after hours. But this information is not always easy to find, so I have gathered the links to Andalucia

Healthcare Check-ups For Women

I will describe here what gynaecological screening is done in Andalucía, other autonomous communities might do something different, but usually the differences are minimal. When in doubt, check at your healthcare centre. There is always a prot

Does The Nhs Offer Check Ups For Over 65s?

Many people have asked me if they can get a free checkup at their healthcare centre, the answer, if you are over 65, is yes. If you are below 65, you can also, but the checkups for over 65s have a protocol that they follow, so it’s more co

The Four Euro Telephone Call. Never Again!

Last  week I was in the car with my children, when I was exiting the highway I noticed that a car was parked, semi blocking the exit. At least 4 cars passed, looked at the car and continued. When I reached the stopped car, I saw a clearly distr

Why And When The Complaint Letter Works

Recently I was faced with this problem: a lady was being seen by a consultant, and she had been told to come back in three months’ time. But in the meantime, she felt worse, she could not wait the three months. And she also did not want to go

The Gauze That Cost 128 Euro (travelling In Europe With The Ehic)

When you travel in Europe, it does NOT matter WHERE you come from, but were you ARE. This means that you will be using the healthcare system as any citizen of the country you are in. If citizens of that country pay 30% of treatment costs, you wi

Ehic Rejection: The Holiday Season Is Upon Us. Headaches! Avoid Them!

Last year there was a lot of fuss about hospitals on the Costa’s asking for private insurance from patients instead of the EHIC. I would like to make my position clear. If you have paid your travel costs including medical insurance and th

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