How is health care in Spain?


Spain's health service is in 8th place in the world health care ranking.

Everyone who works pays part of his / her salary to social services, including health care. Even if you are unemployed and receive benefits, you are entitled to health care services, partly because a small part of the unemployment benefit goes to the state for the services of hospitals, ..

In addition to public healthcare, you can also choose to take out additional insurance for yourself. That way you can be reimbursed for healthcare that is not covered by public healthcare. Certainly for the elderly, supplementary insurance is an option to consider as they generally make more frequent use of (supplementary) healthcare facilities. In that case it is important to get a good picture of the required care and the costs. Based on that information you can then decide whether or not additional insurance makes sense.


Important differences between public medical care in Spain and Belgium relate in particular to the organization of care and accessibility: the care in public care in Spain is generally organized differently and that gives a strange feeling at the start.

It can sometimes be a bit unclear how the agreements are made, where agreements must be made, and the treatment of patients is different than in Belgium.

Accessibility is also something else. Especially in the areas where many foreigners live, the waiting lists are often very long.

In Spain you can choose your doctor yourself. You don't have to make an appointment with your doctor very long in advance. In principle you can go to the doctor the same day. You can go to a specialist through your doctor. The quality and accessibility of health care in Spain is particularly good in cities

written by ILBE staff

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