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Getting involved in your local community

When you move to a new country and start a new life it can be easy to feel a bit lost and disconnected from your local community. But if you are renting long term on the Costa del Sol there are loads of great clubs, societies and charities that you can join, make friends, have fun and in the case of the charities, make a real difference to those in need.

One of those charities who have been calling out for the help of volunteers is the Age Care Association. This is a charity that helps the local older English speaking community on the Costa del Sol and has drop in centres in Calahonda, Los Boliches and Benalmadena. They are looking for volunteers to do home visits, arrange quizzes and larger events and to man the advice centre in Calahonda. This is a great way to get to know people and do something really good in the process, call 952 933 409 or email info@agecarecosta.org for more information. Continue reading “Getting involved in your local community”

Looking after your health in Spain

When renting long term on the Costa del Sol, it is important that your family’s health is taken care of. Falling ill can result in hefty medical bills if you do not have the correct healthcare cover.

Language can be a barrier when it comes to medical issues, putting people off going to visit the doctor. Whilst the Spanish health system is very good, if you have just moved to Spain, or are in the process of moving, you will be unable to use the health system until you have your NIE number, secured work within the country and are paying social security contributions.

The European Health card (EHIC) is only for UK residents who are in Spain temporarily on holiday, entitling them to free medical treatment. However, once you become a resident in Spain you may lose the right to free NHS treatment and so returning to the UK for treatment may no longer be an option.

There are however, many private healthcare options available with companies offering a bilingual service and helping to handle discussions with healthcare providers on your behalf. Two of the most popular companies in Spain are Bupa International, the largest health insurer for expatriates and Sanitas, Spain’s premier private medical insurance provider. Both offer great deals aimed at the needs of expatriates regardless of where in the world you live and often services are transferrable from country to country.

At the moment Sanitas are offering a special rate of € 23.28 per month, covering dental treatment, visits to the doctor and emergency medical attention, up to €10,000. It is worth checking out their website for a quote, it could save you a fortune in the long run and it is always better to be safe.  For more information log on to www.privatehealthcarespain.com .

If you are thinking of moving to the Costa del Sol, view our range of properties available for long term rental on our website or contact us on 952 83 95 95.