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Health Care in Malaga

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Learn about the health system in Malaga: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Malaga.

Malaga, Spain has a public and private healthcare system. The public healthcare system is called the National Health System (SNS) and is used by both Spanish citizens and foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals in Malaga for serious medical emergencies and major surgery. Public hospitals in Malaga are typically well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals. Foreigners, including expats and digital nomads, are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Spain. However, many expats choose to use private hospitals for more specialized medical care and major surgeries. Private hospitals in Malaga are typically well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals. People generally recommend using private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Malaga

The following are some recommended clinics and hospitals in Malaga:

  • Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria (public hospital) - located in the city center
  • Clinica Universitaria de Malaga (private hospital) - located in the city center
  • Hospital Costa del Sol (public hospital) - located in Marbella, approximately 45 minutes by car from Malaga
  • Clinica Baviera (private hospital) - located in Marbella, approximately 45 minutes by car from Malaga
  • Hospital Quiron (private hospital) - located in Marbella, approximately 45 minutes by car from Malaga

Emergency Services in Malaga

Malaga has ambulance services that can be called by dialing 112. Ambulances typically arrive quickly, but there can be delays depending on the situation.

Health Insurance Companies in Malaga

The most popular private health insurers in Malaga are Sanitas, Adeslas, DKV Seguros, and Mapfre. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies, although some may choose to use specialized expat health insurance providers.

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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