By John Smith • 25 April 2020 • 16:41
Gordon wants to alert everyone to the possible problem
FOR the last 20 years, Gordon Marlow and his wife have had the pleasure of travelling from their home in Humberside to spend around three months in their motor home in Benidorm.
It’s something that they look forward to and have very fond memories of the city and the people that they have met over those two decades
As they have aged and Gordon is now 70, they have still been comfortable to travel because they knew that with reciprocal health arrangements, should something happen and either of them had a medical problem in Spain that they would be cared for.
In theory, it is still possible that the UK will enter into some form of arrangement with Spain over health matters, but this is no way certain and with Brexit looming and the EU accusing the British government of stalling, there is still the possibility of a hard exit at the end of this year.
Whilst it is possible to purchase medical insurance for holidays, to obtain something affordable for elderly travellers for a three-month period is going to be expensive and with the amount of insurance claims that Lloyds of London are likely to have to settle because of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, prices will be liable to rise even higher.
The UK is going to be in a terrible financial fix for the foreseeable future, but whilst he accepts that he and his wife may well have to say goodbye to their regular travels, he wants to try to do something to raise awareness of a problem that could affect a very large number of pensioners who benefit from being in warmer weather particularly in the winter.
This problem is likely to adversely affect not only second home owners who aren’t all pensioners but also expatriates who are retired in Spain and could well see their medical cover change significantly.
Gordon has decided that he will do what he can to start a campaign to protect reciprocal benefits and will be writing to his MP, the Health Minister, Prime Minister and the National Health Service.
As a regular reader, he contacted the Euro Weekly News to ask us to alert our very large following throughout Spain and the UK to the fact that their voices would also be welcomed by contacting their MP expressing their concern.
Clearly those in authority have numerous problems currently to deal with but remember there is just eight months to go, unless the government asks for an extension to continue negotiations.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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