Serious Health Warning Issued To Expats. Doctors are warning expats to be vigilant and take immediate action if friends or relatives develop symptoms.
Serious Health Warning Issued To Expats
A 59 year old British man has been hospitalised, as doctors issue warnings to expats living on the Costa Del Sol. Albert Addlington was discovered in an unresponsive state by his wife at their Benalmadena home. Paramedics rushed Mr. Addlington to the Hospital Costa Del Sol where his condition is described as stable but serious.
Mr. Addlingtons’s wife Alicia says “I found him sat in front of the television watching a Parliamentary debate on Brexit. He was completely unresponsive. Albert was just staring ahead with a blank expression on his face. It’s like he was in a trance. I called an ambulance right away”.
Doctors at the Hospital Costa Del Sol have diagnosed a rare condition which they fear will soon affect more people on the Costa Del Sol. Dr. Matar said “Sufferers fall into an almost catatonic state. It’s a form of psychosis. They will be completely unresponsive to any stimuli from the outside world. It’s serious and very troubling.”
“Symptoms begin to present after a patient spends too much time trying to understand Brexit” Dr. Matar continued. “Early signs to watch out for are confusion, slurred words, unjustified optimism, and a compulsion to speak about Brexit to anyone who will listen. Eventually, the brain will become unable to process the conflicting information about Brexit, and the patient will fall into a state of psychosis. The medical term for this is Brexosis”.
Medical experts are warning that any expat who spends too much time thinking about Brexit may contract the condition. There are steps which can be taken to limit the chances of illness though. Official government advice today recommends turning off the TV when anything Brexit related is being shown, avoiding social situations where there are people who claim to know everything about Brexit, and generally getting a life and not being boring.
Expat Medical Care In Spain
Currently there is no established recovery time for sufferers of Brexosis. There are fears that after Brexit, patients may not be able to receive the healthcare they need in Spain. Bob Maxwell lives in Marbella but is originally from Birmingham. He told Costa Del Sol Update “Actually I’m not from Birmingham, I’m from Edgbaston. Everyone knows that as soon as Brexit happens, any expat being treated in a Spanish hospital will literally be thrown out onto the street. A terrifying thought.”
Expat Health Insurance
Mr. Maxwell has decided to help expats suffering from Brexosis who may be thrown out of hospital after Brexit. He has formed an insurance company called Syndicate Capital Andalucian Management*. For a small monthly fee, expats will be able to guarantee a continuation of healthcare. “It’s important that people protect themselves. For just €12 a day, we will guarantee that if you’re affected by this illness that you will get the care you need” Mr. Maxwell says. “After Brexit, if you’re kicked out of hospital, your insurance will cover the cost of a Ryanair flight from Malaga Merida Airport back to the UK, and a bus ticket to the nearest NHS hospital”.
Expats are reacting with concern and outrage in the face of Brexosis. Anne Fernandez runs a Facebook group where expats express outrage on subjects including Brexit and the pedestrianisation of Fuengirola city centre. Anne says “Obviously we wish Mr. Addlington a speedy recovery. This whole illness is an outrage though. To suggest that expats can literally confuse themselves into a psychotic state because of Brexit is outrageous. If that were true, almost everyone in my group would be a zombie by now. Brexit really isn’t confusing.”
*Costa Del Sol Update has not been paid to promote Syndicate Capital Andalucian Management. We have accepted two jars of Bisto gravy powder and a Twix in compensation for the coverage though.
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Written by Kenneth Soaper, Costa Del Sol Update, 21.03.2019