THE news that British expats will have to pay for their healthcare if no-deal Brexit happens is a betrayal of thousands of hardworking people.
Many of these expats have paid their taxes for years and rightly expect quality care that they can afford as they age.
Brexiters told us that leaving the EU would give us an extra £350 million per week for the NHS. Even if that figure was exaggerated, surely all of that money should now be used to cover expats’ healthcare costs.
People back in the UK already have guaranteed free healthcare.
So far the Department of Health has pledged £150 million to cover British nationals’ healthcare costs.
That sum is a slap in the face to the 360,000 Brits living in Spain. They expect better and they deserve better.
As Sue Wilson from Bremain in Spain has said, British nationals should be entitled to free healthcare whether they choose to retire in ‘Bradford, Bournemouth or Barcelona.’
You know, this really confuses me. If you are an immigrant (ie, have moved permanently to Spain, to live / retire), and have taken Spanish residency, and pay your taxes in Spain on your world wide asserts, then you are a Spanish resident and as such are entitled to Spanish healthcare. No problem, Brexit or no Brexit. However, (and of course this applies to thousands of people) if you have moved to Spain to retire / live, but have NOT taken full residency, ie pay your taxes etc in the UK, then, BUT do not live in Spain for MORE THAN 183 DAYS PER YEAR, you are entitled to UK health care, when in the UK. If however, you have opted for method 2 (non residency) but are living for most or all of year in Spain, then you are NOT entitled to Spanish healthcare, why should you be. You are not contributing to the system,m in any way. You are a UK resident and therefore have to travel to the UK for healthcare needs, or pay privately in Spain.
I think that it is absolutely diabolical that now we are having our health care taken off us. We have paid into the Uk system all our working lives, and for what, to have our rights taken off us. We have been worried for years over this, and now it is going to end. What about the people with life-threatening illnesses, what will happen to them….. No one knows what will happen to us as we age. I have mental health illnesses and without my medication, one which I have to say, I am addicted too, I just don’t know how I will cope. We can’t go back to the UK to live, this I checked out myself. If we apply for council housing, we are told that we have made ourselves homeless, wrong, Borish Johnson has, due to taking our health care and benefits away. I am classed as 66 per cent disabled due to my mental health conditions in Spain.