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Spanish Healthcare for the Ex-pat

March 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Spain has an extremely effective National Health Service
And having a wide network of health centers and hospitals present all through the nation. All the main healthcare solutions including GP services, Pediatrics and nursing are available. Most medical centers/hospitals are located inside fifteen minutes of any residential location.
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Healthcare care for individuals from EU member states
Individuals from EU member states are entitled to free healthcare in Spain. Nevertheless, you need to show your European Health card in order to receive the same healthcare care services as any Spanish citizen. Having shown your EHC (European health Card), you’ll be attended by a GP in the local hospital or at your house/living place if you’re not in a position to organise the trip. However, when you have to consult a specialist, you’ll be given a referral or relevant medical certificate by the GP. Each hospital or health centre in Spain provides accident and emergency solutions. It’s important to be conscious of the reality that private hospitals and doctors do not accept EHC. Therefore, if you require private healthcare you’ll have to pay your personal bills. You can opt for an insurance coverage policy that covers such charges.

A holiday in Javea, Spain

March 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

A holiday in Javea, Spain promises lots of sun, sea and sightseeing. This coastal town on the eastern tip of Alicante province has become such a popular holiday destination that its population of around 32 thousand inhabitants swells up to more than triple this number during the summer tourist season.
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Javea (called Xabia, in the Valenciano dialect) is the oldest known Roman settlement on Spain’s east coast, dating as far back as the second century A.D. when Roman boats traded here for fish and minerals. During the sixth century Visigoth Christian monks arrived and founded the monastery of San Martin. To this day you will encounter locals with Visigoth names. There is not much evidence left of their influence, but the Moors were present from the 700s until they were expelled in 1609.

Pirate attacks forced inhabitants to retreat to a walled section two kilometers inland from the coast. This walled town was maintained until the 1800s. Today it is the historic Old Quarter, where you can still see the 14th century Gothic church of San Bartolome, around which the town was built. Originally built out of stone carved out from the rocky shore, the church’s walls are pockmarked by bullet holes from the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939. North of the church sits the market, where you can enjoy fresh local produce — fruits, vegetables, fish and meat. Around the town are many whitewashed traditional houses, with their characteristic iron window grills and balconies. A museum and art gallery are also notable places to visit.