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The Spanish Healthcare System – Living in Fuerteventura

The Spanish Healthcare System

The Spanish healthcare system is fairly similar to the UK system in that people pay a National Insurance contribution which gives them access to healthcare in Spain. This also applies to obtaining healthcare in the Canary Islands.

If you are an expat in Spain then there are a number of options:

1. If you are under State pension age then
a) If you get a job in Spain you will pay NI so you, and your dependants, will be eligible to receive Spanish health care
b) You can opt to pay to join the Spanish health system by paying 65€ a month if under 65 and 149€ if over 65. Spanish healthcare for retirees over 65 or receiving a state pension can join.
c) You can take out private health insurance to get healthcare cover in Spain

2. If you, or your wife/husband, received state pension in your home country then you can register for the Spanish health service

You can use an EHIC card for emergency treatment temporarily.

Spanish Healthcare System

Fuerteventura General Hospital in Puerto del Rosario

Fuerteventura hospital is located in Puerto del Rosario, the capital, and I have to say it is very good. Sue was admitted with Pancreatitis three years ago for 6 days and received very good care. Better than she received in an NHS hospital to be honest.

I have been asked by a number of subscribers to make more videos and posts about living in Fuerteventura. The most requested topic was the healthcare in Fuerteventura so that is what I started with. I will try and do one of these a month – although I don’t enjoy talking to the camera and hate seeing myself too! I actually did this video the previous day – without making any mistakes but when I checked the footage later something went wrong with the audio. Typically I made lots of mistakes when I re-shot it.

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9 thoughts on “The Spanish Healthcare System – Living in Fuerteventura

  1. Annette Duplain

    Hi JP
    Could you tell me about dentists and GPs as well, does my EHIC card cover me for costs in Fuerteventura ? Thankyou

    1. admin Post author

      There are private GPs as well as those based in the Spanish national health centres. Obviously you have to pay the private GPs. There are also plenty of good dentists but these are all private. Your EHIC card only covers you for emergency treatment if you are staying here short-term ie. something serious that needs to be treated at the hospital or emergency clinic. For all minor ailments you would have to pay to see a private GP.

      1. elizabeth chadderton

        i used to have a spanish health card number when i lived in gran canary years ago.i live in fuertrventura now and i am wondering if i can get thisnumber from somewhere so ican register with a foctor here?hope you can

        1. admin Post author

          I have no idea how you would find this number. I will email you the details of someone here that may be able to help you (at a small cost).

  2. Paul West

    Hi JP,

    My wife and I are looking to retire early and relocate to Fuerteventura in the next few months. I am 59 and my wife is 56. I have read that you have to have lived there for a year before you can start to pay the 60Eur for the convenio especial and in the interim you must have private insurance. I have been quoted £10,000 per annum for this, is that really how much you have to pay? I hope not because that much would scupper my plans. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards

    1. admin Post author

      £10,000 is ridiculous. We are now 65 (Sue) and 63 (me) and we only pay 2400€ per year for both of us. I will drop you an email.

      1. Paul West

        Hi JP,
        Thanks for the quick reply, I thought my plans were in tatters but now I can carry on planning for the move. I look forward to receiving your email.
        Many thanks

  3. Myranna

    Hi JP, thanks for all the wonderful tips on your page and vlogs. Hubby own a house on Fuerte and we want to make a permanent move before the end of the year. Like Paul, we’ve still got a few years before reaching pension age and are also trying to figure out what we need to do in terms of healthcare. Hubby has a pre-existing conditon, so we’re worried about how that will affect health insurance premiums. Apologies for hi-jacking Paul’s post, but could I be cheeky and ask you to please also email me with any advice you have on this.

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