To have full free access to the Spanish Health System you have to have a social security number. To obtain one, you must generally work for a company or be self-employed.
If your country of origin has universal health care, then you may be able to get your own country to pay to Spain, so you are covered.
In some cases, you may want to keep the universal medical care provided by your country of origin, because you intend to come and go between Spain and your country. In this case, it is recommended to buy additional health or travel insurance from one of the insurance providers in your own country, to supplement your universal health insurance, for the duration of your stay in Spain.
If you have a registered at town hall (el Padron) you have the right to receive emergency care at any public hospital. Once any temporary health care in your country is exhausted, consider hiring Spanish private health insurance. Check for advice to get more information about your registration, get your health care card and find a doctor.
Doctors in Spain are well educated, they are practical and correctly prescribe medicines. For almost every ailment you can think of, you will receive good treatment in all aspects and receive one of the best medical care in Europe.
In any case, the procedure to obtain a doctor within the public health system is as follows:
If you have insurance and are looking for private doctors, follow this link.
In order for you to find the pharmacy on duty that you might need we provide the link to the official page of the pharmacists of Alicante. On this page, you can choose the town, date and time you need a pharmacy. Do not forget that many pharmacies will have opening hours untill 20.00 hrs. The search result will show the name and direction of the pharmacy on duty.
There are a number of private health insurance companies in Spain. Private insurance prices start at approximately € 30 per month for a 30-year-old male, plus an initial fee of € 30.
Disclaimer: The information on this page only serves as general information and we are not responsible for incorrect information, changes in regulations, etc.
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