He said: “We must reach an agreement for residents to access health services in Spain, but covered by the United Kingdom.”
There are an estimated 800,000 Britons living in Spain, with most in their later years having headed south for a sun-soaked retirement.
Britain already covers the cost of pensioners’ treatment, to the tune of £223 million a year, but Britons working and paying taxes to Madrid can currently access Spanish healthcare services on the same basis as locals.
In contrast there are about 137,000 Spaniards in the UK according to the Migration Observatory. Most of those are young people looking for jobs away from Spain, which has sky-high youth unemployment levels.