Quick guide: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Spain

Quick guide: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Spain

2021-12-16 17:36:43

With the new Breixt policies, British citizens might find themselves lost when searching for healthcare options when coming to Spain. In this guide, we will explain the healthcare British citizens living in Spain can apply for or entitled to.

1. Access to Spanish public healthcare

As British citizens, you are entitled to Spanish healthcare if you:

  • are employed or self-employed and make social security contributions in Spain
  • have a UK-issued S1 form and register it in with the social security office
  • have lived in Spain for 5 years and obtained the permanent residence
  • use a EHIC or GHIC for temporary stays when studying, or as a posted (detached) worker

Otherwise, you are not directly entitled to Spanish public healthcare and should buy into the public healthcare scheme.

2. Access to Spanish private healthcare

Of course, paying for a Spanish private healthcare insurer is a better choice as it will give you better care experience. The main advantages of Spanish private insurance are:

  • Private insurance can help patients avoid the lengthy waiting time often found in the state system. If you need to see the doctor regularly, then private insurance might be of great importance for you.
  • Private insurance can offer more personalized and detailed treatments and physical examinations.
  • Private insurance has a better connection with more private clinics and hospitals, which often implement better technologies and advanced treatments.
  • You can generally encounter more English-speaking doctors in private clinics.
  • Private insurance usually covers more items than public insurance does and acts more rapidly than public insurance.
  • When faced with a pandemic or sanitary crisis, private insurance has more resources and to react rapidly and maintain the normal consolations.

3. Why is Adeslas/Innoinsure better than other private insurance providers?

As the official website of the international office of Adeslas, Innoinsure secures you all the benefits of Adeslas together with English-speaking services.

  • Our expat insurance, also called visa insurance, fulfills all the requirements of visa and NIE/TIE application
  • We operate online with quick and automatic purchasing processes: You can contract the insurance service within a few clicks and make the purchase in your currency!
  • We offer timely customer support with several languages available. Especially, we havea multilingual team , aiming to assist you with any doubts and concerns regarding the insurance
  • Adeslas is the No.1 insurance in Spain. Becoming our client, you will enjoy the largest healthcare network nationwide with over 43000 doctors and 1200 medical centers.
  • Our service is trusted and loved by customers, with 27 million+ consultations realized in 2019.
  • We offer 24-hour emergency room support and phone consultation support.


Healthcare for UK nationals living in Spain. (2021). Retrieved 16 December 2021, from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-in-spain-including-the-balearic-and-canary-islands#healthcare-if-you-live-and-work-in-spain

Our contents will be updated according to the most recent legislation. Last update: 16/12/2021

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