I want to live in Spain, but I’m not yet a resident. Can I access Spanish healthcare once I become a resident?

You can access Spanish healthcare in many different ways, depending on your status. If you are a pensioner, you can request your healthcare to be paid by the UK by asking for a S1 form to the NHS Overseas Healthcare Services and presenting it at the local INSS office  (Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social) in Spain.

You can also request to join the Spanish public health scheme called “Convenio Especial” if you’ve been registered on the ‘padrón’ (at your local town hall) for at least one year. If you have been living in Spain for less than a year, you will need to purchase a private health insurance policy to ensure you are covered. You need to ensure that the type of private health care insurance you purchase, provides a level of cover that the Spanish authorities will accept as being sufficient.  

Permanent residents (people who  have obtained a permanent certificate after living for 5 years in Spain) have access to the Spanish healthcare on the same basis as any other spanish citizen.