February 6, 2013 at 9:53 am #57259
I’ve never seen accurate figures reflecting the financial contributions Spain receives from the British expat community, but the British consul in Alicante has stated the figures for the Alicante province alone to amount to 1,320 million Euros a year.
And 25% of all British expats in Spain live in the Alicante province. Me included.
It’s quite a small stretch of Spanish coast really, mostly unbroken sandy beaches from Denia down to San Pedro, the Valencian one.
The reasons we have chosen to spend our money here rather than the UK may be many, but I reckon it’s mainly down to the sea, sand and one I won’t mention in case some posters get uppity again, it starts with an S too.
February 6, 2013 at 10:06 am #115024
How many expats are on the Padron though? I’d reckon that there are way more living there but who ‘appear’ to be living in the UK still?
How many expats still have addresses in the UK (or use family addresses) to claim benefits. Sadly quite a lot I would reckon?
February 6, 2013 at 10:24 am #115026
Don’t know what you mean Rocker, Spain was well known for S angria, S alesmen, S hyster (lawyer), S iesta, S ozzled, S candal, S paniards etc 🙄 😉
February 6, 2013 at 10:42 am #115025
I would imagine the figures have come from the Padron, where else could they get them from? And it probably means that the actual figure of expats living here is considerably higher, and so their spending in Spain must be considerably higher too.
I wouldn’t like to guess where the expats income comes from, I believe some benefits are legally exported, and some will be making false claims using their British addresses, probably not a big number because they are being tracked down by computer and facebook, as reported in the Mail on a daily basis.
@angie. And escandalos and Espanoles starts with an E, not an S. They can’t say an S in those words, not even with a lisp.
February 6, 2013 at 11:32 am #115027
ps, it’s really sunny here in Ireland at the moment… 😉
February 6, 2013 at 11:49 am #115028
ps, it’s really sunny here in Ireland at the moment… 😉
Consider yourself lucky, it’s blowing a gale here. My neighbour’s got a ridiculously tall palm tree and I keep checking in case it falls on my car.
I hope it does, the car’s roof has been eroded by the sun and I’ve been quoted telephone numbers by the re-spray people. My car insurance number is lying right next to the phone.
February 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm #115053
The NHS in UK contributes €4k per head per retiree to Spain. If you estimate half a million retirees that’s a lot of Euros keeping the rest of the Spanish health service going. On top of that they now have to pay towards prescriptions out of taxed income of a minimum of 24%. 🙁
February 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm #115056
Don’t say that to a Spanish Doctor or they’ll bite your head off…. they have by far the best health service and the whole world wants to go to Spain to use it…. they won’t hear of anything else. Just try translating for a Brit at a Spanish hospital and you’ll find out….they’ll be put at the end of the list and tutted at. The Brits are using their service and the Spanish are paying for it (is their opinion). Those who ‘up’ Spain say that they find the service wonderful. It often can be but at what cost to the NHS? They obviously understand very little Spanish 😉
Goodness knows how much they must be facturing to the UK NHS…. who has used the services in Spain has actually seen a bill that they’ll be sending back to the NHS?
The amount of money the expats (and of the Irish, German, French, Belgium (?) etc. must be a serious amount of money to keep the country afloat. I guess all that is the ‘cash’ they’ve been able to hand each other in black cash then? It comes into the country via expats and goes straight into the pockets of the corrupt?
February 7, 2013 at 5:30 pm #115058
My OH used to do translation work at the Hospital Costa del Sol. He left because he didn’t like some of the things that were happening. There are some very anti-foreigners there and it doesn’t help that the spanish media hint that foreigners are health tourists. He once had to tell a couple who had brought in a toddler with about 50 mozzie bites turning infected that they would have to leave and find private clinic unless they handed over their credit card 🙁 OK. they were stupid not to have the health card but to turn away a 2 yr old 😡
February 8, 2013 at 11:25 am #115092
i have personal experiance twice of the spanish helth service and both times its been excellent.My brother in law had a bike crash and was taken to girona hospital with a cracked hip and my son was dealt with at the small hospital in Teulada and they were very good with him better than our local nhs hospital
February 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm #115156
It would be better to judge it’s health services in a few years time when the elephant can’t be sustained by the welfare state.
February 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm #115157
The service was very good and I think that the way the Spanish family help their family members in hospital should be copied by the NHS. How much would it cost to add relax chairs alongside every elderly care bed and it would allow family to keep an eye on their loved ones. It’s so sad to hear of stories about ‘elderly lady starves to death whilst family didn’t visit her for a week’….
Aunts took it in turns to sleep at the bedside of my childrens great grandmother for nearly a month. It was their duty and they were there for her. They helped her bathe, changed her sheets, made her comfortable, helped her to eat etc. The nurses did the medical care bit. That is something that I like about Spain, in the main, is that they do care about family and elderly people.
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