Sorry, this is a long-winded question! Here goes…
My mum is really keen to relocate to Spain from the UK. She is 70 and draws a pension in the UK and works part time. She would like to retire completely when she moves however, we’re all confused over the healthcare entitlements. My husband, daughter and I currently live in the Valencia region - we pay social security, have SIP cards and additional private health insurance.
Would my mum be entitled to free healthcare in the Valencia region as a pensioner (she will continue to draw her UK pension)? Or would she need to pay the basic social security still?
The thing is, she is actually Spanish - she has her Spanish Birth Certificate but holds a British Passport and has been in the UK, contributing to UK social security for more than 50 years. Would this make her entitled to free healthcare? Can anyone shed any light on this, or even point me in the right direction for professional advice?