Spain Health Care System


With so much to offer it is no surprise that the WHO health care rankings place Spain at 7th position for best health care system in Europe. The same report says that the Spanish are second-most satisfied with their health care quality in Europe.

Not surprising at all because Spain’s economy has been on the stronger side of the scale and this has helped modern hospitals and well-trained health care professionals to spring up, giving Spain everything needed to be seen as an up-and-coming destination for medical tourism.

There are more than 750 hospitals, 1.21 million beds and 450,000 doctors and nurses offering 2.4 million surgeries per year. The Spanish health industry bears an excellent reputation of the essential post operative care after any kind of surgery. This has led to millions of tourists flocking to Spain for medical treatment last year.

Even though few differences in health policy exist between the British and Spanish health systems, overall, they are very similar. Spain’s excellent National Health Service works well with the brilliant private health sector. Just like in Great Britain, the national health care offers basic health care to all kinds of people and the private system to opt for if patients feel the need to upgrade their medical insurance by paying more each month.

The reason why Spain has become a highly regarded medical community in Europe is because Spain has lower cost of living yet the standard of living is much higher. The prices vary depending on the area with the cost of living much higher in the city centers whereas rural areas offer better cost advantage. The costs and standards of health care, subsequently, vary according to the geographic location.

Spain offers a diverse set of medical treatments which is equivalent to the best of the world, some say it’s better than those in U.K. Barcelona and Madrid have excellent network of hospitals that are second to no other country. Spanish medical system represents every possible medical specialty:

  • Elective Surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Eyesight surgery
  • Obesity surgery

Major hospitals feature the latest high-tech equipment and the required staff to operate them. Most of Spain’s clinics and hospitals feature a specialty wing offering special privileges for the medical tourist. Some of these include proving patients the choice to select the doctors to treat them. There are plenty of chemists (farmacias) in Spain and they can be spotted by looking for a large green cross.

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