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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.

New Court Ruling Against The Inss

There has been a fourth ruling against the INSS for rejecting a person with a valid residencia permit for healthcare funded by the state. This time in Madrid, where the resident that was refused free healthcare was assisted by lawyers from NGO M

Primary Care For Non -residents: A Smoke-screen

I know many of you must have seen the news that the “government” is giving non-documented individuals access to primary care medicine. I will now tell you why this will NOT work: + They will not have a card: no card, no access to s

Reporting Cases Of Illegal Practices By The Healthcare Facilities

Dear Members, I have been in touch with ‘Yo Si Sanidad Universal’, an association that is fighting to abolish abuses of the healthcare law. In order to do that, and also to expose the way that the civil servants do NOT do adhere to t

Update On Healthcare For Residents With Permit Issued After April 2012. Meeting With Lawyers

We met with one of the CAB lawyers to talk about our claim with the INSS about people holding a valid residencia permit and being refused health care. He agreed that the language of the law is VERY obvious, so the more people that present compl

What Does The European Health Card (ehic) Cover?

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC or TSE in Spanish – tarjeta sanitaria europea) is a personal and non-transferable document that certifies the holder’s entitlement to receive any necessary medically-related healthcare benefits du

What You Need To Know Before Taking Out Private Medical Insurance

Here is a list of 15 important questions to ask when taking out private medical insurance.   Why so many questions?  Because you don’t want to have been paying for 10 years, have cancer and then they tell you that oral medicine is not co

A Glimmer Of Hope For People With A Residencia Permit And No Healthcare

A video by Maria explaining in detail the two lawsuits that give hope for EVERY person with a residence permit, no matter the date. https://www.citizensadvice.org.es/wp-content/uploads/lawsuit.mp4   Glimmer of Hope Video

Post April 2012 Healthcare The Travesty

The information widely shared and insisted on by the INSS on not allowing post April 2012 residents healthcare, could be about to change. Healthcare in Spain only if you are working, pensioner or dependent, right? FALSE The INSS turns people awa

Obtaining Healthcare And Thriving In The Spanish Nhs

I would like to present my video part one. Based on the topics below: How to Obtain Healthcare: Update: Maria no longer is in Spain or has her website.

Getting Into The Spanish Healthcare Service: First Video

View my first video about getting into the Spanish NHS: a how-to Guide Getting into the Spanish NHS