At the crossroads of the Atlantic ocean, Mediterranean sea, Europe, and Africa, Spain has a rich history and culture of ethnic diversity. Until 2009, during the global economic crisis, tourism in Spain was booming. Although Spain has managed to recover significantly from the crisis, unemployment is still an issue that has led to mass protests in the past. Spain is very popular with tourists and expatriates from the United Kingdom.
Healthcare in Spain
The healthcare system in Spain is fairly modern compared to European standards. Doctors and staff are highly trained and available countrywide. However, the import of prescription drugs is strictly prohibited in Spain. Local nationals are provided healthcare through the state and are registered by employers. Private healthcare is quite popular in Spain. Emergency medical care is very good and the country has excellent medical staff, doctors and facilities.
Insurance for Expatriates in Spain
Citizens who are from outside the European Union who are immigrating to Spain without jobs must produce some proof of private health insurance to get the residence permit. It may be possible for expats to obtain free health care once they have been employed and paying their contributions for two years continuously. Most expats will want to obtain international health insurance coverage that will cover them in Spain, but also back home and in surrounding countries.
Here is a list of different types of insurance coverage you will want if you are planning to become an expatriate in Spain:
- International Health Insurance
- Expat Life and Disability Insurance
- Travel Insurance
- Evacuation Coverage
- Group Expat Insurance Plans