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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

British 'Expats' demonstrat in Alicante against the removal of Free Healthcare

Approximately three hundred British 'Expat' residents living in the Valencia Region marched through the streets of Alicante to protest about the recent withdrawal of free healthcare provision for early retirees.

They marched to both the British Consulate and the Valencia government offices in Alicante.

The residents believe they have been badly let down by both the British and the Valancia Regional governments.

The Valencian government withdrew a scheme offering free healthcare to those British residents who are not covered by the British government's E106 or E121 healthcare reciprocal scheme in Spain. In its place a pay for insurancce based scheme is being offered. Many of the residents claim that they cannot financially afford the 270€ per quarter payment to join the scheme because of their fixed incomes and the additional effect on their funds because of the current low £ to € exchange rate.

More details:
Healthcare demo declared a success - The Leader
Brits March on Alicante Consulat - The Coast Rider
PUMA 22 Organisation

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