Healthcare aid for Spanish citizens in need residing abroad, wherever prior agreement exists.
As of 9 January 2009, as per Royal Decree 8/2008 dated 11 January 2009, of the General Directorate of Spanish Citizens Abroad ( Dirección General de la Ciudadanía Española en el Exterior), which extends the right to healthcare for Spanish citizens living abroad whose pensioner status as of 31 December 2008 can be certified.
What aid is available?
The following benefits are available:
a) Old age pension
b) Disability pension for complete disability, i.e. Absolute inability for work of any kind
c) Healthcare assistance
Who is eligible for these benefits ?
These benefits are directed to Spanish citizens residing abroad, whenever there exists a prior signed Agreement regarding healthcare benefits for those in need.
1) Spanish citizens born in Spain, residing abroad
2) Spanish citizens not born in Spain, who can certify a residence period in Spain of over ten (10) years.
3) Spouse and family who are Spanish either biologically or through adoption, provided they are economically dependent on Spanish citizen and are part of the economic family unit.
What requisites must be met to be eligible for aid ?
1) The applicant must be sixty-five years or older to be eligible for old age pension.
2) The applicant must be between sixteen (16) and sixty-five (65) years of age as of application date to be eligible for permanent disability benefits.
3) The applicant must be a legal resident in those countries where precariousness of system justifies the need for the benefit (this must be accredited through a report submitted to Council for Work and Social Affairs (Consejería de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales).
4) The applicant must not belong to organisations and/or schemes that are obligated to provide assistance.
5) The applicant must show that their income does not exceed level established for this scheme.
6) The applicant must not own property with a value over limits established for this scheme, for the country in which they reside.
7) The applicant can't have donated any property in the five years prior to the application.
What documents do I need for the application?
1) Current Spanish passport, which shows applicant's registration with Spanish Consulate abroad as a resident in the foreign country (Inscripción en el Registro de Matricula consular).
2) Government document issued by the country of residence which certifies the identity of the applicant, spouse or common-law partner and members of the family economic unit.
3) Cohabitation certificate (Certificación de convivencia familia)
4) Spanish family record (Libro de familia) if applicable
5) Any court rulings for cases of separation or divorce
6) Death certificate if applicable
7) Certified document showing all income or pension benefits
Where do I apply?
At the Councils for Work and Social Affairs at Embassies or Consulates (Consellerias de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales)
This right to healthcare protection is valid until 31 December 2009.