Naomi from Costa Teguise provides all the information needed on healthcare when moving to Lanzarote
Healthcare in Lanzarote – Are you covered?
Are you moving to Lanzarote? Then no doubt, you have a multitude of questions! Here at Lanzarote Investments, we endeavour to help you every step of the way.
Since Brexit, many individuals are confused or struggling to understand some of the changes that have taken place.
So, sit back and relax and let us provide a clear and concise guide on the matters that concern you the most.
We are here for our clients, always happy to help.
First and foremost, we understand that healthcare is a major priority. Let us consider this topic together.
It is very important to purchase suitable private healthcare, this must be shown to obtain a visa to move to Lanzarote.
Why? Basically, you are proving that you will not be a burden on the Spanish system to which you have not yet contributed.
If after a year of living here, you start paying into the social security system either through work or voluntary contributions, you will then be entitled to state healthcare.
The reassuring news is reciprocal healthcare rights continue as before in Spain, and the rest of the EU.
This is great news for those visiting their second home in Lanzarote as well as pensioners who are making that life changing decision to move here.
Due to this healthcare agreement between the UK and the EU this means that your EHIC card (or new GHIC card) will allow you to access the public healthcare systems in Spain free of charge.
This card is only intended for holiday use, for individuals who normally live in the UK. It is still important to buy private travel insurance because the EHIC or GHIC card will not cover medical repatriation, which would be extremely expensive.
Are you of pensionable age and moving to Lanzarote?
You can claim your S1 form (NHS business services Newcastle)
This entitles you to reciprocal healthcare in Lanzarote.
A question many people ask is: Do I still have the right to access the NHS?
Unfortunately, the answer is no .
The NHS is a resident-based service for those living in the UK.
If you have moved to Lanzarote, you are no longer entitled to use the NHS.
It is very important if you are travelling back to the UK that you take out the necessary travel insurance to cover your healthcare need