Now that Spain’s new co-payment system for medications and prescription charges has come into effect we are beginning to see what the process looks like. There has been a lot of anxiety among residents of all nationalities about what the implications might be. This has not been helped by the trickle of information and regional differences in application.
The Spanish health service is under pressure. One of the ways in which it is hoping to increase revenue is through prescription charges. But announcements about the increase in the cost of prescriptions have caused both consternation and confusion.
With a lack of potential buyers for Spanish property in the United Kingdom and other traditional foreign markets it’s not surprising that sellers are looking further afield for buyers.
If you own a property in Spain it is likely that at some time or another you will have contact with your national consulate or embassy. In Spain, different countries have an embassy in Madrid and consulates in other Spanish cities. In your own country there will be a Spanish Embassy in the capital and Spanish consulates in different regions.
There are many frustrating aspects of bureaucracy in Spain, but none more so than when one official categorically tells you one thing and another states the opposite. Unfortunately, this isn’t as rare as you might think and the last example that’s been confusing us all concerns the foreigner’s identification number (NIE).
Sometimes new property is not all that we hoped for. There can be teething troubles as the new build settles in. These might just be to do with the finish or, more worryingly, they might on occasion be structural. Either way, the good news is that there are laws in Spain to protect the new property purchaser.