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#1 maggie watson

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 09:12 PM

My husband and I are considering retiring to Crete in 2008. Can anyone tell me if prescription drugs are free to a pensioner as in Scotland? Also is there concession travel on buses for "over 60" users?

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Posted 06 October 2007 - 05:07 PM

You will only be eligible for the same level of benefits as local people and in Crete if you don't pay EKA (equivalent of our national Insurance) you don't get reduced price prescriptions.

Bus travel is not subsidised for older people but entry charges to museums etc may be reduced.

You also need to be aware that taking up residency in Crete means you will soon become ineligible for health care in teh UK so you will not be able to travel back for operations etc.
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Posted 07 October 2007 - 04:48 AM

So what are the benefits of being in the Common Market? All for one & one for all I thought.
Thanks for the information Yvonne. Guess I had better stay in New Zealand after all. Have a nice day and keep the information coming.

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 03:31 PM

From http://www.livinginc....net/index.html
Reciprocal IKA Insurance for Health Care for EU Citizens

Electronic Health Cards

The new electronic European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) has replaced form E111 for health insurance abroad for visitors and travellers within the EU. You can apply for a card online at www.ehic.org.uk or at your local post office in the UK.
When you need to see a doctor or dentist in Greece just go along to your local IKA office (The Social Insurance Foundation) with your EHIC card to make an appointment. You can see an IKA registered GP or specialist free of charge, and IKA prescriptions may be issued by them.
Officially the health card is only valid for short term visitors and travellers who are normally resident in another EU country.

Pensioners

Pensioners who intend to take up residence in Greece and who are entitled to free medical treatment in the United Kingdom or other EU country, also enjoy a similar entitlement in Greece. They should produce to their local IKA office form E121, which is issued by their local Department of Health Office in the United Kingdom, along with the required documents listed below, and they will be issued with an IKA health book.

#5 Kritsa Yvonne

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Posted 08 October 2007 - 09:57 PM

ooops I certainly misinterpreted information I had sourced <_<

Thanks for the link Ton - it is very clear and I am grateful to know the right information as I am sure other people will be.
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#6 DaveW.

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 09:40 PM

Kritsa Yvonne,
Is it correct that the piece that interested you was that about pensioners???? <_< Heeeeee.Heeeeee Whooops!
If you look like your passport picture....you probably need the holiday!

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 11:23 PM

Thanks Dave

But, now that I am training to be a 94 year old in Crete you will understand my interest!!! :D
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 03:29 AM

Well you don't look a day over 20....Yvonne :D

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 09:33 PM

Are you making a pass at her Al? :D



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True is that adage: "He who yields to rule by wooden heads, becomes himself a fool."

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 12:24 AM

No Wim, just being nice. Bit too old to make passes. Only pass I now have is my retirement bus pass.
Have a nice day everyone...nice sunny day here in Auckland for a change :D