Health care in Spain. The Spanish health-care system is as good or better than in the UK. Hospitals are modern and well-equipped and are excellent. Differences do exist between the National Health system and the Spanish Health system.
As far as ex-pats go they are very similar. The biggest difference is the level of nursing care available in Spain.
Spanish nurses are very well trained and experienced. Unlike the UK they are in hospital to nurse. The provision of personal care and feeding is down to the patient’s family instead.
All hospitals allow one person to be with the patient 24 hours a day which is very different to the UK system. Visiting times vary for other visitors but they are still encouraged.
If you are planning to live in Spain please remember that medical staff do not always speak English. If you have chosen a residential park to live they will ensure that you have an Interpreter. That is all part of the lifestyle on the parks.
The quality of care in Spain offered to residents is first class. Residents are in the Spanish health care system as if they were Spanish. A health card is issued.
In certain cases you might need a translator but the park can easily arrange one. Waiting times are a lot shorter than in the UK in a lot of cases.
Before moving to Spain, you should make sure you apply for the European Health Insurance card (EHIC).
A EHIC will cover you for emergency healthcare treatment in Spain. It is for tourists as a rule but will cover your first few weeks or months in Spain.
If retired, the office on the park will register you with the local medical centre. Health care is free for pensioners.
Living in Spain is not all about having access to some great health care services. It is also about looking after yourself.
A much more relaxed way of life coupled with a great Mediterranean diet. Fresh fruit and veg is available in the weekly markets at a lower cost than in the UK.
How you live your life in Spain is important. The better weather means you can enjoy plenty of walks. The Mediterranean diet also helps.
Of course there are other factors as well. The relaxed lifestyle makes life stress free and of course everyone feels better sitting on the decking in the sunshine.
For eating out the Spanish also love fish which is very good for you.
Spanish doctors encourage everyone to take care of themselves. The health service is there if you need it. The need to use it though might be less thanks to the better weather and healthier lifestyle.
For those who have arthritis the warmer weather gives benefit straight away. Eating olives and taking olive oil on salads also helps.