Health insurance in Spain

If you have a work contract or you are registered as self-employed in Spain and pay your contribution you are entitled to free state health care. However the public health care system is a bit overloaded. Waiting times are high, if you want to see a specialist you might need to wait months if your case is not considered to be an emergency.

What alternatives do you have?

Private health insurance

You can contract private health insurance company and for a small amount each month you can get access to a large variety of private clinics for which you can receive appointments with specialists within a week.

Probably the best network of private health care centers in Spain has the company Sanitas. It has hospitals in most of the large Spanish cities or is working with other private hospitals where needed (for example Sanitas' clients can use IMED hospitals in Valencia without paying any extra fees).