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 from the UK and working, so paying into the Spanish system, then you and your family will receive free medical treatment in the Spanish healthcare system.
Anyone who lives in Fuerteventura and is in receipt of a UK state pension can apply for an S1 form from the DHSS. This will enable them to register in Fuerteventura under the Spanish NHS and receive free healthcare. This also applies to any dependents who are not yet in receipt of a UK state pension.
Anyone who wants up to date information on this and any other issues around moving to Fuerteventura should join the Citizens Advice Bureau Spain Facebook group.
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 dependents, 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.
Fuerteventura hospital is located in Puerto del Rosario, the capital, and I have to say it is very good. Sue was admitted with Pancreatitis seven 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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