Health Care in Spain

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Why-853904

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This was on another forum, is it true? Briefly, a bill has been introduced into Congress (14/05/2010) which would require the Spanish Government to introduce a free and universal healthcare system for all residents (including foreigners) from the start of next year. The bill explicitly removes the need to pay into the Social Security system as a condition of accessing the health services here. Although there is a long and complex story behind this, the key points were unanimously agreed by all main political parties (PP, PSOE, IU etc) back in September of last year, and the proposal received the support of the Government in April (although without a commitment to a firm timetable). The current bill restates what has already been agreed but with a timetable. If the bill is approved , Spain will have a system virtually identical to the NHS from 01/01/2011.

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beckmiddleton-853127 1274863368

Do they state the source of their information on the other forum at all?


I was refused a SIP card for medical care last year, but just last week was given one whch is valid for 6 months and told I could renew when it ran out- I wonder if this has something to do with this bill.

Why-853904 1274867514

Here they are;


The vote in Congress Sept 2009 asking the Govt to take whatever measures necessary to guarantee a universal and free healthcare system in Spain.

Agencia Europa Press - Salud | europapress.es : noticias e información de actualidad

A report on the Government response in April in which they agree but without specifying a timetable:

EL GOBIERNO VUELVE A ANUNCIAR LA LEGALIZACIÓN DE LA UNIVERSALIDAD DE LA ASISTENCIA SANITARIA PÚBLICA | Boletín Informativo de la Sanidad Pública

Finally a report on the binding motion in front of Congress on 10/05/2010 which would require the Govt to put the system in place on 01/01/2011.

EL GOBIERNO VUELVE A ANUNCIAR LA LEGALIZACIÓN DE LA UNIVERSALIDAD DE LA ASISTENCIA SANITARIA PÚBLICA | Boletín Informativo de la Sanidad Pública

golfmad 1274868195

Hi what is a sip card, also we live in Spain when we register at a health centre in town do we get free treatment? we have residencia but as of yet do not pay into the social seurity system also dont have a work contract, how does the system work as we have a young boy too. Thanks.

Why-853904 1274889132

How long have you lived in spain?

andy jones-853772 1274917051

Children & OAPS are covered its others between those ages who SHOULD only receive free health care if they pay into the Spanish system by means of a contact or self employment but this costs anywhere between 200€ - 280€ a month depending on your age!!

beckmiddleton-853127 1274957985

Yes, those who aren't covered by the Spanish healthcard can pay contributions towards their healthcare, although if you were to find yourself in circumstances where you needed a doctor and could not afford it, you could go to your ayuntamiento and talk to the social worker there who would advise.

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