Medical travel to Spain
With its beautiful climate, abundance of holiday destinations and high standard of healthcare, Spain is fast becoming one of the top medical travel destinations in Europe. Spain had always been a very popular tourism destination with people traveling from far and wide to unwind in some of the world’s best resorts, while experiencing everything Spain has to offer.
In more recent times, the Spanish healthcare system has come to the attention of many visitors to the country. Operating a sophisticated healthcare system which offers many high-quality facilities, at a fraction of the cost of the equivalent western European or US care, is attracting more and more medical travellers from around the world.
Long waiting times and high cost of good quality healthcare are some of the biggest reasons why so many people from the UK and western Europe choose to seek treatment abroad in places like Spain.
Spain is located on the Iberian Peninsula in Europe bordering Gibraltar, Portugal, France and Andorra. With a population of over 46 million people it is the fifth largest country in the European Union.
Spain has a secular parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy which is headed up by king Philip VI.
Spain is a member of the Eurozone, European single market and the Schengen area. It is also one of the most develop countries in the world, ranked as the 14th largest economy.
Spain’s capital and most populated city is Madrid with just over 3 million people. If you include the metropolitan area of Madrid, this figure increases to 6.5 million, making it the third largest metropolitan area in the EU after London and Paris.
Spain healthcare system
The Spanish healthcare system is one of the highest ranked in the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks the Spanish healthcare system 7th best in the world. A recent study by Bloomberg on the efficiency of world healthcare systems ranks Spain above Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, Germany and the USA.
All hospitals and health clinics in Spain are regulated by the Spanish Ministry of Health. There is estimated to be more than 800 hospitals and 450,000 doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals working in the Spanish healthcare system today. Spain boasts both private and state-owned healthcare facilities which can care for the needs of patients travel from abroad as medical tourists.
To qualify as a doctor, 6 or 7 years of study is required in Spain. Doctor who choose to specialise in a certain area of medicine will be required to take on additional years of study before they can be licenced as a specialist in their chosen field.
Popular treatments in Spain
The results of such a procedure can be positive. Not only will you notice a significant drop in weight, but you should see a general improvement in disorders associated with obesity like blood pressure and diabetes.
A broad field of medicine, cosmetic surgery can be carried out to change and improve a variety of conditions on a number of different parts of the body, including the face, body and breasts.
One of the most popular treatments carried out in Spain, dentistry can be one of the most straightforward treatments to have abroad.
Couples that have been trying to get pregnant for a significant period of time but haven’t succeeded may consider having fertility treatment. The rate of success will vary depending on the cause of the problem and the treatments available.
Baldness is a very common problem of a lot of men. Implant treatments abroad are very popular due to the significant cost savings available to patients.
By altering the shape of the cornea to adjust the way light enters the eye, it’s possible to correct visual imperfections like short sight, long sight and astigmatism.
Eye care is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not matter the age. Cataracts, retina treatments and corneal diseases are some of the conditions that can be treated by your ophthalmologist.
Traveling to Spain for treatment
There are many popular destinations within Spain that are easily accessible from most major cities in the UK. Typical journey time from the UK to Spain is around 2 hours, going direct. Thanks to several low-cost flight operators, there are many regular flights between the two countries, and if booked early enough the cost of travel can be minimal.
Be sure to have comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. Although this type of insurance won’t help with the cost of your medical travel or any complications that may occur, it can be extremely useful when, and if, you’re confronted with and unexpected situation while out there.
British citizens do not require a visa to enter Spain. If you’re not a British or EU citizen check entry requirements before travel.
Find the right care provider
The best way to find the right care provider is to contact them directly and have them answer your questions. Get in touch with multiple care providers if you must to compare services offered and ensure the best decision for you is made.
Meeting consultants, in person or over a telephone conference before your procedure is also very important. Do not be afraid to ask some probing questions about the doctor, consultant and the hospital or clinic.
Here are some questions you may consider asking:
- What experience do you have in this area of medicine?
- What are your qualifications?
- When did you receive training?
- Where were you trained?
- How much experience do they have on the specific treatment or surgery you need?
- Can they provide any statistics on post operation complications?
- Can they provide testimonials and allow you to contact past patients?
- How much does the consultation cost?
- How much does the procedure cost?
- What payment options are available to you?
- What is their cancellation policy in case you are not able to go ahead with the procedure?
- What is the patient satisfaction score?
- Are the hospital return to theatre rates published?
- What are the accreditation standards the hospital or clinic meets?
- What after care support services are available?
- What cost implications are their if there are complications with the procedure?
How can we help you?
At Mhc, we encourage informed decision making when it comes to healthcare. Quite often it can be difficult to find the information you need or trust the reliability of sources providing the information. Although we don’t give any healthcare advice or recommendations, we strive to breaks downs barriers and strengthen communication with medical experts who can help.
Finding your care provide:
Search our database of healthcare providers in Spain and contact them directly for information on the treatment you’re interested in. Alternatively tell us what you’re looking for through our contact form and we’ll find the appropriate care providers and get them to give information about treatments and their services.
Contacting and communicating with your care provider:
If you’re satisfied with the information you receive and want to continue the conversation, we can help arrange a call or an online consultation to discuss your needs and the available treatment options in more detail.
Booking your treatment:
Once you’re happy to proceed with the treatment, we can work with you and the care provider to confirm an appointment for you to go in for treatment.
Coordination and logistics of having treatment:
Working with the care provider, or using our own logistical resources, we can help to plan and schedule your trip.
Tell us what you’re looking for: