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Expats Talk about Health Insurance and Healthcare in Granada, Spain

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats and global nomads in Granada, Spain share their experiences with health insurance, healthcare in Spain, local hospitals and specialists, quality of medical care and more.

How are healthcare services Granada?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Granada, they replied:

"I would tell them that the private healthcare in Spain is excellence. For a pre-existing chronic condition, some private healthcare may cover at a high costs or excluding them. However, medication cost is very low and it’s possible to pay out of pockets and don’t need an insurance for medication," said one expat living in Granada.

"I would say medical care is excellent. For chronic medical conditions, it may be difficult to get an insurance and they will have to pay more. there are other expats with chronic condtions who are able to get private insurance," mentioned another expat in Granada.

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Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Granada?

If you live in Granada, newcomers to Granada would love to hear your answer to this question:


"I have a private insurance with Sanitas and it costs 80€ per month for a full coverage. I have to see doctors in Sanitas network. I had used the emergency service at the hospital and received excellent care. I also saw a general doctor, and OB/GYN and received excellent care. I’m very happy with the plan with Sanitas," remarked another expat living in Granada.

"We have a private health insurance with Sanitas and are happy with them. It’s acceptable at our nearest hospital. Sanitas was most well known health insurance among expats. They will take payments without a Spanish bank account, which we find very convenient because we didn’t have a Spanish bank account last year before we moved to Spain," said one expat living in Granada.

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What are emergency services like in Granada?

When we asked about emergency services, members in Granada wrote:

"Emergency care at the private hospital is excellent. I’ve used it and was able to be seen by a doctor and out in less than two Hours. The hospital I used was Vithas and they provided translation service for patients. Most doctors at Vithas speak English, too," said an expat in Granada.

"We are about one kilometer from our hospital “Vithas”. It is a very good private hospital. We received excellent care during our emergency visit last year. We were in and out under two hours, which is unheard of in the US. We would call our insurance Sanitas emergency line or dial 112 for emergency," commented one expat living in Granada, Spain.

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Will I need to travel to see a specialist?

"I know of a friend who travels from Granada to Malaga for a cancer treatments weekly for her son. Other than that, I’m afraid I don’t know much about specialist care. I feel that the hospital Vithas has excellent teams of specialists. One of my friends recently had her heart procedure angiogram done at Vithas a few months ago and recived excellent care at Vithas. I don’t think I will travel any," commented one expat living in Granada, Spain.

"I would not return to my home country (US) for medical care. I would stay in Spain to receive the care, it’s excellent in Spain," added another expat.

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Are common prescription medications available in Granada?

"Prescription is inexpensive and available at the local pharmacy. There are many pharmacies at every corner of the town," said an expat in Granada.

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"Very close up the new hospital under 1 kilo by walking. It's a private hospital," remarked another expat in Granada .

"I'm 0.5 kilometers from the hospital. It's a very good private hospital. The quality is very good. There are both public and private hospitals. I used the emergency service once and I'm very impressed at the speed and quality of care I received. It's much better than in the US," remarked another expat living in Granada.

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As a foreigner living in Granada, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?

"I’m not eligible to enroll for a public healthcare. However, private healthcare in Spain is excellence and very affordable when compared to the US. I pay 80€ a month for a full coverage with no copay and no deductible," added another expat.

"No, not yet. We just moved to Granada eight months ago. My understanding is that after a year, we can join the public health system. Expats in my area are typically enrolled in private health insurance. We have Sanitas private health insurance and we are happy with them, It’s not difficult to enroll, We paid about €188 per month for two people with a full coverage with no copay and no deductible. There are public hospitals in our area but we have never used them because we are not yet eligible to join until after living in Spain for a year.. We used the private hospital Vithas and are very happy with them," commented one expat who moved to Granada.

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What advice do you have for expats having a baby in Granada?

We asked expat moms who gave birth in Granada about their experiences and advice they have for other moms to be. They said:

"To ask about the antenatal classes run by the midwife. They're not advertised and I just asked if there were any private ones, and it turned out that she ran classes," explained one expat living in Granada.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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