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We asked expats in Spain if they have access to public healthcare in Spain. And, if they do have access, what is it like. They wrote...

"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," remarked another expat in Granada, Spain.

"Yes, as a foreigner living in Spain, you will have access to public healthcare. The public healthcare system in Spain is known for its high quality and is free for all citizens and legal residents. It is funded by the government and is available to everyone regardless of their income level. The public healthcare system in Spain is comprehensive and includes primary care, specialist care, hospital care, and preventive care. It also covers prescription drugs, medical tests, and treatments," said a member in Spain.

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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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