Planned surgery in Spain for NHS patients? Is that possible and who can get it? If you require surgery or any medical treatment you can receive it in Spain. If you are on NHS waiting list the switch to Spain is even easier. If you are on NHS waiting list and you do not wish to wait, you have a right to go to Spain to receive planned surgery. You can receive your planned surgery like, hip replacement, knee replacement, hernia or gallstone surgery if you spend more than 6 months in UK per year. That means, if you have property in Spain, but have not moved there permanently you are still eligible for NHS treatment UK. So you can chose to have it done in Spain and enjoy recovery process there. You can even chose one of the Quirónsalud hospitals in Spain.
Claiming refund for treatment received in Spain
Claim A Refund For Treatment In Spain. The EU Directive is giving all people legally living in UK receive planned treatment in Spain. You just have to live in UK and you can apply for reimbursement from the NHS.
EU Directive gives NHS patients the right to receive planned, emergency and unplanned healthcare services in Spain. Treatment can be both in state and private clinics in Spain.
How to apply for a NHS refund for treatment received in Spain?
In order apply for the reimbursement of your medical costs from Spain you will need to complete a form! After that, you will need to send form to NHS England together with medical documents and original receipts / proofs of payment.
The rules on how to claim refund from the NHS for treatment received in Spain are quite complex. If you don’t follow the correct procedures you will end with refund application rejection. In addition, rules and conditions of the NHS refund are different and depend on area you live in. Because NHS England have hundred different regional bodies with their own rules and conditions of refund.
Who can apply for NHS refund for treatment received in abroad?
All patients legally living in England;
British citizenship is not required;
Permanent resident status not required;
You do not need to have a employment contract.
In other words you need to live in UK and have a right to access NHS services.
Criteria to be eligible for NHS refund:
You have to able to prove that you live in England;
Provided medical documents from Spain containing, medical condition, diagnosis, and treatment received;
Provide original receipts, invoice and proof of payment;
Treatment has to be available under NHS in your area.
Reimbursement is limited to the cost of the same or similar treatment under the NHS.
Claim back expenses for treatment in Spain when EHIC was rejected.
Your EHIC card was not accepted by clinic in the EU? You did not have a EHIC card at time of treatment? You still can claim back medical expenses from for treatment in Spain. EHIC dose not give you right to receive treatment in private clinics but EU directive allowed it.
What to do if EHIC refund for treatment was rejected?
Usually there is only one reason when EHIC refund application can be rejected. EHIC dose not cover healthcare service provided private clinic or hospital in Spain. If your EHIC was rejected, You can still apply for NHS refund.