Spains healthcare is generally regarded as good. Each region takes individual responsibility of their health budget, with central government only controlling overall budgets. The Spanish Health System offers primary health care services (family/GP services, paediatrics and nursing, with midwives, physiotherapists and social workers) and combines public and private healthcare. Those who pay social security receive free or low cost health care. Many doctors and nurses speak English and most hospitals and clinics in tourist areas provide interpreters. However, as the country is split into different regions, availability of services does vary, which means you could need to travel to a different area for treatment if the facilities are not available locally.
Here we help guide you through the Spanish Public Health system and the best way to use it
This section outlines the process to gain access to public healthcare.