If you were registered as a resident in Spain before 24th April 2012 you are entitled to access to free healthcare, even if you are not working now. You need to get a letter from the Overseas Healthcare Team in Newcastle stating that you do not have the right to treatment in the UK because you are resident in Spain. You can call the OHT on 0044 191 218 1999 and ask for the letter to be sent to you in Spanish.
I have not been able to qualify this statement as yet, but I will give any updates if I get an answer.
It seems I was given the run-around for the past six years, and it ‘might have been true’ that I was entitled to
free healthcare here even though I was unable to work. (My own situation is I have had to have private medical
insurance since being injured in an RTA in 2007 and was signed off sick from work, followed by redundancy: but had only paid
in for 12 months Social Security as a contract worker, but 5 years as Autonomo prior to that (The co I worked for illegally employed me as autonomo year on year - even though a regular job. And apparently at that time autonomo contributions did not cover me for any future access to Health Care, only the contributions whilst a contracted employee.)
I was refused treatment/to see a Doctor at the clinic where I had been a patient for 5 years exactly one year after signing
on as unemployed. DESPITE enquiring with Newcastle, Brit Consulate, Trabajadora Social and Social Security office direct.
ALL told me I was no longer entitled.
I am still reeling from shock if all this time I could have had free healthcare, and reduced cost prescriptions. (I have to have regular expensive medication and I have to pay full price over the counter. I have spent thousands in the past six years!)
NB The statement above is referring to anyone under retirement age (65 years in Spain.)