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Cost of prescriptions and question about dental care.

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:59pm
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Lynda52

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My husband and I are hoping to become resident in Estepona before 31st Dec.  I have been trying to find out cost of prescriptions if anyone can help me please.

If anyone can give me an indication of dental care standard in Estepona I should be grateful. Thank you.

Neville

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:57pm

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Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:57pm

Hi Linda,

Via a private G.P., the costs of medicines etc. will be similar to the U.K., but remember that not all U.K. items are available here. If, eventually you get onto the Spanish healthcare system, and providing things don't change after 31 Dec., prescriptions are a max of 4.50 euros, often less.

There are a lot of dental practices in Estepona. I would suggest trying one where they speak good English (unless of course your Spanish is good.)

Finally, there is an excellent English G.P. in Estepona Port (Dr. Peter Furness) who we have used for 20 years. Good luck with your move.

Neville

Lynda52

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:44pm

Lynda52

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Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:44pm

Neville wrote on Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:57pm:

Hi Linda,

Via a private G.P., the costs of medicines etc. will be similar to the U.K., but remember that not all U.K. items are available here. If, eventually you get onto the Spanish healthcare system, and providing things don't change after 31 Dec., prescriptions are a max of 4.50 euros, often less....

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There are a lot of dental practices in Estepona. I would suggest trying one where they speak good English (unless of course your Spanish is good.)

Finally, there is an excellent English G.P. in Estepona Port (Dr. Peter Furness) who we have used for 20 years. Good luck with your move.

Neville

You are very kind to take the time to reply to my question and thank you for the helpful information.  We are doing our best to get over in time to sort all the necessary paperwork.  Cutting if fine though!  Wishing you  well.  Lynda

AndyP

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:53am

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Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:53am

I would also add that here the pharmacist is used more like a doctor for minor things than they tend to be in the UK. They are easy to talk to, extremely helpful, usually speak good English and inevitably prescribe you a Spanish version of what you may be used to. For next to nothing. I've often heard people say that meds here are expensive. They may be if you require a specific brand name but go for the Spanish equivalent and they are extremely inexpensive. That's been my experience anyway. I've even run out of UK prescribed meds, taken the box to a local pharmacist and they have been happy to effectively refill the prescription. All with no hassle.

I hope that helps....

Lynda52

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:55am

Lynda52

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Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:55am

AndyP wrote on Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:53am:

I would also add that here the pharmacist is used more like a doctor for minor things than they tend to be in the UK. They are easy to talk to, extremely helpful, usually speak good English and inevitably prescribe you a Spanish version of what you may be used to. For next to nothing. I've often ...

...heard people say that meds here are expensive. They may be if you require a specific brand name but go for the Spanish equivalent and they are extremely inexpensive. That's been my experience anyway. I've even run out of UK prescribed meds, taken the box to a local pharmacist and they have been happy to effectively refill the prescription. All with no hassle.

I hope that helps....

Hello.  Yes it does help and also on the occasions when we have been in Spain, I would agree with you that the pharmacists are excellent.  You certainly have a more modern outlook on life living in Spain than here in the UK.    I thank you for your reply.

Kerri

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:42pm

Kerri

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Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:42pm

Lynda52 wrote on Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:59pm:

My husband and I are hoping to become resident in Estepona before 31st Dec.  I have been trying to find out cost of prescriptions if anyone can help me please.

If anyone can give me an indication of dental care standard in Estepona I should be grateful. Thank you.

Lynda,

Even if you do get onto the Spanish Healthcare (which means you either need an S1 (not sure how long that will be valid though) or you need to pay into it AND you may want private insurance too.  When you become a Resident you will need to prove you have fully comprehensive private insurance anyway so you may need to get that for one year at minimum, depending on your circumstances.

There is a good private hospital in Estepona called Cenyt and they do service many health plans but if you want to go there you need to check before you purchase private health care that Cenyt will accept that insurance.  At Cenyt they also have an Emergency Department and as well a Dental office (where they speak decent English).  At Cenyt they also speak decent English at the front desk and the Doctors.  You can check it up online all the services they have.

I have found the dental care I get at Cenyt to be much better than when I lived in the UK.  In Estepona they have good options for all health related issues I have found.  Good luck!

Lynda52

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:09pm

Lynda52

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Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:09pm

Kerri wrote on Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:42pm:

Lynda,

Even if you do get onto the Spanish Healthcare (which means you either need an S1 (not sure how long that will be valid though) or you need to pay into it AND you may want private insurance too.  When you become a Resident you will need to prove you have fully comprehensive private insurance...

... anyway so you may need to get that for one year at minimum, depending on your circumstances.

There is a good private hospital in Estepona called Cenyt and they do service many health plans but if you want to go there you need to check before you purchase private health care that Cenyt will accept that insurance.  At Cenyt they also have an Emergency Department and as well a Dental office (where they speak decent English).  At Cenyt they also speak decent English at the front desk and the Doctors.  You can check it up online all the services they have.

I have found the dental care I get at Cenyt to be much better than when I lived in the UK.  In Estepona they have good options for all health related issues I have found.  Good luck!

Very comprehensive and thank you for taking the time to write all this to me.  

Kerri

Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:33pm

Kerri

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Posted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:33pm

Lynda52 wrote on Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:09pm:

Very comprehensive and thank you for taking the time to write all this to me.  

Your welcome Lynda.  Glad to help!  

Kerri

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