EU tells Spain: give foreign retirees free medicine

16th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The European Commission took Spain to court Wednesday for refusing to grant pensioners from other EU countries who live temporarily in the country access to free medication.

European Union legislation gives pensioners who live temporarily in another EU country the same access to health care as retirees from their host country, if they present a European health insurance card.

The EU's executive arm accused Spain of discriminating against foreign pensioners by not granting them equal access to free medication, a right for retirees under Spanish law.

The commission decided to bring its case to the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice, which could force Spain to modify its law.

"The Commission takes the view that Spanish rules are not in line with EU law as they discriminate against pensioners from other EU member states," the commission said in a statement.

© 2011 AFP

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