Commission warns Spain on EU pensioners' access to necessary healthcare – University of Copenhagen

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25 February 2009

Commission warns Spain on EU pensioners' access to necessary healthcare

On 19 February 2009 the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion to Spain for failing to comply with EU legislation on social security rights for people travelling in Europe.

Under EU legislation (Article 31 of Regulation 1408/71), pensioners who are staying temporarily in another EU country can make use of their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to receive necessary healthcare under the same conditions as pensioners insured in that country.

The Commission takes the view that Spain discriminates against EU pensioners by refusing them access to free medication when they stay temporarily in Spain. The Spanish authorities now have two months to respond. If they fail to do so or if the response is unsatisfactory, the Commission can decide to take Spain to the European Court of Justice.
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