BRUSSELS is threatening to take Spain to the European Court if it doesn’t give foreign pensioners better healthcare.
The European Commission (EC) claims Spain is failing to comply with legislation on social security rights by refusing to give free healthcare to pensioners from other EU countries.
Under the legislation, pensioners staying in Spain as temporary residents, or on holiday, have the right to free healthcare on presenting their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Spain currently gives free medication to pensioners insured here, but other EU pensioners must provide an additional document proving they have a state pension back home.
To make matters more complicated it must be in Spanish.
The EC says this is creating unnecessary bureaucracy and it has given Spain two months to respond to the matter appropriately.