Changes to health service

Changes to health service

EU Nationals Living in Spain

Changes to health service rights

Spain, as we all know, has a growing population of EU nationals who have made this country their home.

Whilst this is good for the economy of the country, on the whole, nevertheless the cost of the public services they utilize has been increasing year after year. In 2009 alone, Spain recharged more than 441 million Euros to EU countries (plus Island, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) for the use of public health care services.

The current economic recession which is affecting the country, makes it increasingly difficult for the government to carry expenditure, such as the one mentioned above, for much longer without some sort of recovery mechanism kicking in.

As from last Monday, 10th July 2012, all EU citizens who wish to live in Spain for more than 3 months and who are not employed in this country, must provide evidence of financial means to maintain themselves and their dependant families. In addition they must register with the Ministry of the Interior.

The above rule applies to all persons including pensioners.