Healthcare in Spain.

Whatever your age, health and access to healthcare in Spain is one of the most important things when thinking about living here. Whether you are using public services or have private insurance, knowing that your healthcare is sorted in the right way for you and your loved ones will help you enjoy your life to the full.


Your health in Spain

Our guides have been created in association with Asisa Health Insurance to provide information for residents, second homeowners and frequent visitors to Spain. 

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Accessing public healthcare in Spain


There are a number of different ways that UK nationals are entitled to use the excellent Spanish public healthcare system. These are:


  • Entitlement to Spanish State healthcare as a permanent resident

  • Registering a UK-issued S1 form with the social security office (UK state pensioners and some cross border workers)

  • Paying directly into the public health insurance scheme via the Convenio Especial

  • Entitlement to healthcare because you are employed or self-employed (autónomo) in Spain.

  • For holidays and other visits - using a UK-issued European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This remains valid until it's expiry date and then you can apply for the new UK-Issued GHIC). (NB.It is important to remember that the EHIC and the new GHIC are intended only to give access to urgent medical care for people visiting Spain. They do not give the right to access public healthcare for people who live here. Neither are they valid when applying for residency and needing to demonstrate access to appropriate healthcare.)

Check out our information guides for more about accessing public healthcare in Spain.



How Age in Spain can help

Age in Spain can also help you find the right healthcare solution in the following ways:

Private Health Insurance for English Speakers

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Whether you are looking for health insurance as part of a residency or visa application or just to give you peace of mind, navigating the different offers can be confusing and stressful, especially if you don't speak fluent Spanish. 


Age in Spain has partnered with ASISA to promote a new health insurance policy created specifically for English-speakers up to 70 years old who live in Spain or have a second home here. ASISA is a reputable, established provider of health insurance which is owned and run by medical professionals and, crucially, everything from taking out the policy to accessing medical treatments can be done in English.

If you use the link below to get a quote and you then take out insurance with ASISA, Age in Spain will receive a small referral fee which will contribute to our vital work in helping older English speakers in Spain (this doesn't affect the price of the insurance to you).

Other ways we can help

Using the button below you can contact a dedicated Age in Spain team member who can provide information and help if:​

  • You want to have a one-to-one discussion about your healthcare options 

  • You want to discuss the ASISA policy before getting a quote or at any point in the application process 

  • You need a medical certificate to support a new VISA application

  • You are over 70 and looking for private medical insurance