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Moving to Spain

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Pol_Ie, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. Pol_Ie

    Pol_Ie Type 1 · Member

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    Hi All,
    I ran a search and similar questions have been asked before but my situation is a little different. I'm thinking of relocating to Spain with early retirement. I won't be working there and was wondering if anyone knows the cost of insulin (Novorapid and Lantus) and test strips. I know I probably would be entitled to nothing so was just trying to see what the cost would be to live over there. I will more than likely be involved in the music scene which is not exactly the same as paying tax so I will pay full price for the medication. Can anyone give me some idea of the cost ? Oh and is private health insurance for a diabetic expensive too ?. I'm Type 1

    I'd be grateful for any help at all
    Thanks a lot
     
  2. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Impossible to say until the whole Brexit issue has been resolved one way or the other. As members of the EU you’d have the same right to treatment as a local; if we’re not, then you’ll have to pay for everything.
     
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  3. Pol_Ie

    Pol_Ie Type 1 · Member

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    Cheers mate...i'm actually Irish so we're still in the club :)
     
  4. LooperCat

    LooperCat Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Bit (incredibly) jealous now! As I understand it you’re entitled to the same care as a Spanish T1, it’d be worth looking up what they get.
     
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    annliggins Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I needed more strips for peace of mind on holiday last month .... i got some Contour Next for £32 ×50 . Dont know about the insulin, i am curious as you can buy over the counter apparently ..im going to get a price when i go again in a few weeks .
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    I'm not 100% convinced that is correct.. when we lived in France as early retirees with no pension and not of pensionable age we were entitled to precisely zero French health care without paying for it.
    If you haven't paid into the healthcare system in the country you move to you may not get the cover you expect. If you are a retiree with a state pension then you could be ok though. Definitely worth contacting the Spanish embassy to ask maybe?
     
  7. Pol_Ie

    Pol_Ie Type 1 · Member

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    It's amazing how nobody seems to know for sure. I've been making some more enquiries today and still can't get a definite answer. Might have to hop on a plane over there and go see a doctor :nurse:
     
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    Fiona1960 · Newbie

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    Don't know if you are still in Spain, but like you I am type1 on the pump, hoping to move to Spain.
    I am retiring early so won't be working or have state pension, just private pension.
    What if any healthcare can I hope for, free
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    Pol_Ie - I'm sort of with @bulkbiker in being sceptical you would receive totally reciprocal healthcare in Spain. My rationale is that the EHIC card only covers emergency care, although that's generally for visits, rather than living there.

    We travel a bit, and if we're going somewhere new I always join an ex-pat forum. On there, there are usually members who have done similar things, and I'd be astonished if you didn't get some decent information doing that.

    I'd just Google "expat forum Madrid" or wherever you're planning to live. I just googled exactly that and there are at least 10 fora listed, just on the front page.
     
  11. Pol_Ie

    Pol_Ie Type 1 · Member

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    Thank you all for the links and advice. I'll google some expat forums and see what I can come up with. I'm also going to contact the Spanish embassy here and see what they say. I'll post back anything helpful I find. Thanks again
     
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