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How Straightforward Is It For Expatriates In Spain Access Healthcare? By Liz Seyi

  in Finances | Published 2019-11-18 10:26:35 | 3 Reads | Unrated

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While your ability to access medical treatment as an expat in Spain doesn’t depend on you being signed up to a private medical insurance plan, doing so does normally allow you to receive quicker treatment for non-emergency procedures.

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One of the very last things that you will wish to have to fret about as someone who has just moved to Spain, is whether you are even eligible to receive medical care in the country of the nature and standard that you would require and expect.

It’s therefore a good idea to become well-versed on some of the key aspects of what is widely regarded as one of the world’s best national healthcare systems – and how, as an expat on Spanish shores, you can take advantage of it.

Both public and private medical care are highly rated in Spain

With Spain spending about a tenth of its GDP on healthcare, it’s fair to say that the country regards the health of its citizens as a top priority.

The first thing you should know about Spanish medical care is that both public and private elements are prominent in the country’s healthcare system.

While your ability to access medical treatment as an expat in Spain doesn’t depend on you being signed up to a private medical insurance plan, doing so does normally allow you to receive quicker treatment for non-emergency procedures.

What are the requirements to be eligible for free state healthcare?

As long as you are living and working in Spain, you can receive state healthcare free of charge. As an expatriate, you can take advantage of free state medical care if you are resident in the country and work in employment or self-employment while paying social security contributions.

Other residents able to tap into the state healthcare system for free include those in receipt of certain state benefits.

The above is by no means an exhaustive rundown of those who are eligible for free public healthcare in the country. If, then, you are in any doubt about your own ability to receive medical care in Spain, we would urge you to check the relevant conditions in your area of Spain with the regional healthcare authority.

The right private healthcare insurance can give you vital peace of mind

Even if you are able to take advantage of the public healthcare system in Spain, you can assure yourself of more choice as to precisely when and where you are treated when you take out a private health insurance plan with a trusted broker.

Few companies have the remarkable reputation as a Medical Insurance Broker In Spain that Ibex Insurance Services enjoys.

Begin browsing our wide-ranging standard and comprehensive plans today to get an idea of what we can bring you when you require such a policy, before getting in touch with us directly for a complete and competitive quote.

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