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Author: Myra Cecilia Azzopardi
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The Convenio Especial has been reinstated in the Andalucia region.

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Persons who could be entitled to healthcare from the public funds under the NHS Spain.

Resident early retirees.
Resident paying for private healthcare.
Residing in Spain but irregular (no residency).
Contributing to the Convenio Especial.

In reference to the new Royal Decree on Universal Healthcare for all.

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Registered for Convenio Especial


Important Update 06/08/2018:

Email response from the Andalucian Health Service to a member who enquired about registering for the “Convenio Especial”. (opt in payment to the NHS). Translated below.

In response to your message . we inform you that in Spain there has been a legislative change with the publication of Royal Decree-law 7/2018, of July 27, on universal access to the National Health System, which brings new considerations on public health coverage. Specifically, it modifies the access criteria to the National Health System charged to public funds, linking it to the residence in Spain. In your case, you could meet the stipulated requirements so that your right to health protection and the right to health care are recognised with charges to public funds. So we recommend you go to a Care and Information Centre of the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) to assess your request for health care, according to current legislation.
Un cordial saludo.

This is positive as at least we see that the Junta de Andalucia accepts that the new royal decree which relates to healthcare entitlement from the public funds and includes those residents who are also EU citizens though have other options through their own regime.

Huge thanks to Anne for allowing us to share the information from the received email.



Update 08/08/2018:Cancellations of the Convenio Especial

Update 15/08/2018

We have been guiding a resident to apply for the Convenio Especial in Andalucia. They did this at their health centre and have been registered for NHS healthcare.

Update 17/08/2018

Member posted on our Facebook group that they took our advice and arrived at their health centre (Andalucia) with completed forms for the Convenio. They were added to the NHS system under new law. They have been residents since 2017 and were paying for private insurance.




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