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    • Itsryanjc
    • By Itsryanjc 10th Jan 18, 4:43 PM
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    Spanish Medical Bill - Help please!
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    Spanish Medical Bill - Help please! 10th Jan 18 at 4:43 PM
    Hey guys,

    I just need a little advice. I recently visited Spain in November and had to visit A&E - nothing physically wrong I was worried I caught an Infection. The guy in A&E told me to come back tomorrow and handed me a prescription, so I did. When I handed in my prescription they asked me for my EH11 euro card, I didnít have it on me (stupidly) and the guy said itís okay and handed my the prescription... and that was it.

    Today I received a letter billing me for Ä300 for the A&E. Iím shocked because they didnít say there would be any charge and I didnít have anything happen to me at all... he simply told me to come back tomorrow and provided me with two tablets so I could start the course of meds that day.

    Iím just worried because Iím young and I canít afford Ä300. What will happen if I donít pay? Can I visit Spain again? I know itís a little off topic but I just need some help

    Thanks guys.
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    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 10th Jan 18, 5:00 PM
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    On the bright side, at least it was Spain and not the USA. I got clobbered for $2,200 for a bit of dental treatment.

    Send them a copy of your EHIC card.
    • Itsryanjc
    • By Itsryanjc 10th Jan 18, 5:13 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:13 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:13 PM
    Jesus! You had to pay that much?

    My EHIC card says expiry date 2015? Shall I order another and send that?

    Thanks for replying!
    • k3lvc
    • By k3lvc 10th Jan 18, 5:16 PM
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    My EHIC card says expiry date 2015? Shall I order another and send that?
    Originally posted by Itsryanjc

    Good luck with that - what about claiming on your travel insurance ?
    • Itsryanjc
    • By Itsryanjc 10th Jan 18, 5:20 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:20 PM
    I didn’t have any travel insurance - ugh. I know. I was only there for two days. I guess this an exspensive life lesson.

    I just don’t get how they charge €300 for telling me to come back tomorrow?

    Can’t I renew my EHIC card and send them a picture of it when it arrives?
    • Robin9
    • By Robin9 10th Jan 18, 5:21 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:21 PM
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    Although there is a mutual agreement within the EEC there is nothing to say treatment is free.
    Never pay on an estimated bill
    • Itsryanjc
    • By Itsryanjc 10th Jan 18, 5:22 PM
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    I didn’t have any treatment? I mean, I got a prescription and talked to a doctor for 5 minutes...
    • k3lvc
    • By k3lvc 10th Jan 18, 5:24 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:24 PM
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    Canít I renew my EHIC card and send them a picture of it when it arrives?
    Originally posted by Itsryanjc

    Of course you can - but given it wasn't valid when you incurred the EUR300 charge then you might want to brace yourself for whatever the cost of fraud is
    • Itsryanjc
    • By Itsryanjc 10th Jan 18, 5:28 PM
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    I don’t know what to do then. Nobody told me there it’d cost the doctor only talked with me in A&E and the guy said don’t worry about the prescription.

    I don’t have a job anymore and I can’t afford the €300. What will happen? I can’t afford to pay this.
    • k3lvc
    • By k3lvc 10th Jan 18, 5:34 PM
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    Others may tell you different if you say who the medical company is but in my experience they're not likely to give up wanting their money.


    Depending how far they take it you may find it challenging to book accomodation/enter the country in future and woe betide you if you do return and need medical assistance
    • Itsryanjc
    • By Itsryanjc 10th Jan 18, 5:37 PM
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    The title on the letter is “servicio canario de la salud”

    Yeah I don’t know what to do
    • Caz3121
    • By Caz3121 10th Jan 18, 5:54 PM
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    because you did not have a valid EHIC card at the hospital they will likely have treated you as a private patient.
    https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/countryguide/Pages/healthcareinSpain.aspx
    even in a public hospital ensure you have a valid EHIC and double-check you are not treated as a private patient.
    Travel insurance would likely have cost you under £10
    With no EHIC and no insurance, you cannot assume you will get free treatment
    • melanzana
    • By melanzana 10th Jan 18, 5:59 PM
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    Renew your EHIC, send a copy of it with an apologetic letter and see what happens.

    I realise you don't want a lecture here, but ALWAYS get travel insurance. It might seem unnecessary with the EHIC but if you need to be repatriated by air ambulance, or if you died abroad, isn't it worth it. Costs a few pounds per trip.
    • Itsryanjc
    • By Itsryanjc 10th Jan 18, 6:05 PM
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    I will now DEFINITELY get travel insurance. If anything it’s a valuable lesson learned.

    It’s my own fault, I just don’t have the money to pay it. I will renew my EHIC and send it with an apologetic response and see what they say. If not... I guess there’s no trips to Spain anymore (once I get a job!)
    • zagfles
    • By zagfles 10th Jan 18, 6:41 PM
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    A lot of travel insurances insist you have an EHIC as well and use it where possible. So get an EHIC now, it's free, and think about travel insurance for your next trip.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 10th Jan 18, 7:54 PM
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    If it was a minor issue the usual thing is to go to doctor not a&e surely?
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 10th Jan 18, 7:59 PM
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    If it was a minor issue the usual thing is to go to doctor not a&e surely?
    Originally posted by hollydays
    Skanky lady of the night and a back alley perhaps?
    "Only two things are infinite-the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe"
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 10th Jan 18, 8:35 PM
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    If not... I guess thereís no trips to Spain anymore (once I get a job!)
    Originally posted by Itsryanjc
    The legal processes available to the hospital work all over Europe, so it could turn into a debt here rather than simply one in Spain.
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 10th Jan 18, 8:46 PM
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    See this about a prc
    http://healthcareinspain.eu/visiting-spain/#ehic
    But it doesnt seem to cover an expired card.

    https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2579.aspx?CategoryID=70
    Last edited by hollydays; 10-01-2018 at 8:49 PM.
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 11th Jan 18, 9:12 AM
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    The EHIC doesn't have a start date on it, but it doesn't take much to work out what it was from the expiry date. You didn't have a valid card on the date of your treatment so I don't think you'll be able to claim that any of the cost of your treatment should be covered.

    Your options are to not pay and risk a CCJ, dispute the amount of the charge with the hospital, or offer to pay in instalments.
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