your money back - prescriptions
have taken a lot of queries recently about prescription
charges and when money will be paid back to those
who have reached their maximum monthly contribution.
The good news from information taken from the Costa
Blanca News (October 5-11) is that:
- chemists have passed information electronically through
- the information about how much is to be returned is
- money will be paid directly into bank accounts
However, there will be cases where the details of the
patient's bank account are not known. It is only likely
that the authorities will have this information if you
make an annual resident tax declaration.
If you haven't made one of these you may well have to
complete a form to enable the repayment to take place.
For information about how to do this, the CBN suggests
you speak to your local health centre.
Patients will be reimbursed every three months in Valencia
but it is likely to be every six months in other parts
This has been an ongoing story with advice changing
so many times that we can only begin to hope that we've
reached the definitive version.
up confusions with the consulate
doubt, confusion over prescriptions and health care
will be one of the frequently asked questions when British
nationals have chance to quiz the 'experts'. On
30th October at 9.30 they are invited to the 'ConeXions'
event in Casa de la Cultura, Calpe.
There will be representatives there from the Valencia
healthcare department and the Spanish 'trafico' department.
The British consulate is coordinating the event which
will be attended by the Consul Paul Rodwell.
There is no need to register and entrance will be on
a first come first served basis.
For more details of the event:
news on energy
become so used to energy prices going up that it's very
difficult to believe that they are, in fact, going down.
Believe it or not the cost of electricity and butane
gas has fallen. From October 1st the price for a
12.5 kilo bottle of butane fell by 77 cents to 16.10
euros and the standard basic rate of electricity fell
by 2.29%. These will be very welcome reductions especially
with the drop in temperatures just beginning in Spain.
recommendations continue. This time the setting is Valencia
for Jason Webster's books. Apparently he uses Cabanyal,
a fisherman's quarter in Valencia, as a setting. Finding
out a little more about this area it appears it has
been under threat of demolition to make way for a new
road. A campaign was launched to stop the building plan
from going ahead. The proposed demolition has been fiercely
attacked by locals and not-so-locals. You can find out
more about Cabanyal and this intriguing area:
For anyone who might/ might not be interested I have
just finished 'The Hand of Fatima' by Idelfonso
Falcones. A long, long book but I really enjoyed it
and did something I never usually do - skip to the end
to confirm that it's a happy one. There's only so much
snivelling I can do at the end of the day!
update about Imserso
might be stunned this month to see how early our October
newsletter is released. It's no mirage. We wanted to
let people know as soon as possible the most recent
information about the Imserso Spanish holiday programme.
see our letter for the latest information.
Spanish are happy to donate
this time it's not to charities but hospitals. The headline
is that 17% of all registered organ donations in the
EEC are in Spain. Therefore one in five of all donations
in Europe are Spanish. In 2011 there were more than
4,200 transplants carried out. The greatest number of
transplants are for kidneys followed by liver, heart,
lungs, pancreas and intestine. Congratulations - this
is one statistic about which Spain can be truly proud.
new draft penal code for Spain has been published.
If you would like to find out more about what you can't
do and what punishment you might get if you do, click
Some of the main headlines seem to be:
- Stalking or harassing a woman will receive up to two
- It will be a crime to distribute intimate images even
with someone's consent
- The distribution of messages which incite public order
offences or 'alteration of public order' will be punished
(no doubt aimed at twitter)
- 12 month sentence for anyone deactivating an electronic
There is a strong theme of measures designed to address
the threat of public disturbance. As always there
is a fine line between allowing freedom of speech and
preventing violent protests.
you ever doubted that anyone can become a hero at any
time - here is the proof
Casillas, from Madrid, shot to fame overnight due to
his courageous actions on behalf of others. The Madrid
café owner, allowed fleeing demonstrators to shelter
in his café from police during demonstrations. His action
meant he had to cancel the birthday celebrations with
his 24 year old son who turned out to be quite happy
to exchange the celebratory drink with his father for
becoming the son of a celebrity.
is an interesting topic discussion in Eye On Spain
about how you know you've become a local. There
are some quite amusing responses. Contributions include:
- when you eat lunch at 2.30 and have dinner after 9.00
- when you see whole skinned rabbits at the meat counter
and you're not shocked anymore
- when you order a beer at McDonalds
- when you feel rude if you don't kiss someone you've
just met on both cheeks
- when you are given a nickname by the locals
- when you support the local football team and not one
back in your home country
What do you think makes you a 'local?'
For more suggestions:
your own town for 59,000 euros
such a measly sum you can buy your own abandoned
village. Apparently there are a number of villages
available for sale, particularly in the north of the
country. As their existing population 'moved on' and
their young people left to find work they have been
left unpopulated. If you are interested in investing
in your own community why not try: