How To Guides
- Childbirth & Education
- Legal Formalities
- Pensions & Benefits
- Property & Accommodation
Did you know...?
- Airports and Airlines Spain
- Paramount Theme Park Murcia Spain
- Corvera International Airport Murcia Spain
- Daily brief -Friday 29 May 2015
- When Expat Eyes Are Smiling
- Meet Wincham at The Homes, Gardens & Lifestyle Show, Calpe
- QROPS 2014
- Spain Increases IHT in Valencia & Murcia
- Removals to Spain v Exports from Spain
- The Charm of Seville
- Gibraltar Relations
- Retiro Park : Madrid
- Wincham announce opening of Marbella office
- Community Insurance in Spain
- Calendar Girls
- Considerations when Insuring your Boat in Spain
- QROPS – HMRC Introduces changes that create havoc in the market place
- QROPS – All Change From April 2012
Spanish Health Service Removes Funding From 426 Prescription Drugs
Following on from the recently announced reforms to the prescription co-payment scheme further disappointing news has been released that will be sure to dismay many of Spain's unwell and elderly.
As from the 1st July the public's contribution towards their prescription charges increased from 40% of the cost to 50% where the recipient earns less than €100'000 per year, rising to 60% if earnings are beyond that sum. Pensioners, who used to get their prescriptions for free, must now pay 10% of the prescription cost, whilst pensioners on higher incomes must now pay 20%.
However, the Ministry of Health has now revealed that as from August a total of 426 prescription drugs will be removed from the national health service. As such, patients being prescribed a specific brand of drug may find significant changes being made to their previous treatment, and that those wishing - or unable to - make these changes would find themselves having to purchase the drugs themselves without any government subsidy.
Just a small number of drugs removed from circulation by the NHS include treatment of the following ailments and illnesses:
* Treatment of gastric problems, which include aluminium compounds and derivatives.
* Treatment of Constipation and variations of laxatives.
* Antidiarrhea treatments and similar other digestive medicines made from Carbon.
* Treatment of Chronic (but mild) Migraines
* Treatment for Haemorrhoids and Varicose Veins
* Treatment of skin problems including (but not limited to) Nappy Rash and Psoriasis**Treatment of mild anxiety
* Treatments relating to impairments associated with advancing age
* Treatment of dry upper respiratory tract and coughs.
* Treatment for 'Dry eye'
* Treatment of mild rheumatic inflammation
* Treatment of nasal congestion associated with colds and flu
As with previous reforms, the effects will be felt hardest by the most vulnerable members of society.
Latest News & Stories
- Basque Nationals Only Party in Spain Growing in Support
- Ryanair change of strategy sees profits bounce back in 2014
- Rato accused of giving children €2.5m to avoid bond
- Spain 3rd most popular destination for expat Brits
- Spanish air traffic controllers call four partial strikes
- Spain revises percentage of population at risk of poverty to 29%
- Spain overturns Andalusian anti-eviction law
- Amazon starts paying Spanish corporate tax on retail sales
- EU Nationals resident in UK denied referendum vote
- Vodafone Spain to increase fibre optic speed to 300 Mbps
- Applying for your Spanish prescription charge reimbursement
- How to Apply for Free State Healthcare in Spain
- Claiming a Spanish or UK Pension in Spain
- Claiming Spanish Benefits in Spain