! Murcia Today – Spain ranked third best country for expat healthcare

Publication date: 08/02/2022

Spain has been voted “the healthiest country in the world” thanks to its accessible healthcare system

Going abroad can be daunting for even the most prepared traveler, and healthcare is often one of the first changes expats face. Although the NHS in the UK is often criticized for long waiting times and blocked emergency services, there is no doubt that Britons are offered a fairly good service compared to many other neighboring countries.

According to UN data, 302,000 of the 1.3 million British expats living somewhere in the EU have chosen Spain as their country of origin, so it should be good news that this country ranks highly well in its treatment of poor residents. Property Guides experts have looked at the healthcare systems of the ten ‘most popular countries’ for foreigners to move to and found that Spain sits comfortably in the top five ‘most affordable and comprehensive’.

Spain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) came third on the list, despite having very different healthcare systems to the UK. Spain was recently voted “the healthiest country in the world”, a fact that Property Guides attributes to “its universal healthcare, which guarantees access to free healthcare for all Spanish nationals”.

Experts added: “The good news is that those living and working in Spain can access their public healthcare system, but you will need to check the terms and conditions in your area.

“While GP visits are usually free with public health insurance, you will have to pay part of your prescription costs, as well as pay for any emergency room visits, vaccinations or any specialist treatment.

“For this reason, many Spanish citizens pay for private insurance in addition to public insurance, which will give them access to broader treatment.”

Property Guides’ analysis places Italy at the top of the list for accessible health services, followed by Germany and the Netherlands in second place.

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