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Expats will find that healthcare in Madrid is supported by numerous public facilities as well as a diverse private sector.
As is the case with all other regions in Spain, the national government provides basic coordination and legislation, and the regional administration is in charge of managing and planning public healthcare.
During a short-term visit, EU citizens can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access state healthcare here. UK citizens can make use of their Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which replaced the EHIC for UK citizens post-Brexit.
Those moving to Madrid permanently can access free healthcare once they begin to pay into social security, a facility that can only be arranged by those expats with residence permits who have obtained an Empadronamiento, an NIE number and a health card. For working expats, this payment is usually arranged through an employer as an automatic deduction from the employee’s salary. Self-employed expats will have to pay into social security themselves to begin receiving free healthcare.
There is an impressive range of public hospitals and an extensive network of healthcare centres and pharmacies in Madrid, but many expats prefer to utilise private healthcare in Madrid. This sector eliminates the long queues that often plague the public system and provides individuals with more choice when it comes to specialists and practitioners. Expats will need to have comprehensive private insurance if they wish to take advantage of these facilities.
Read more about healthcare and health insurance for expats in Spain.
Hospitals in Madrid
Below are some of the most prominent hospitals in Madrid:
HM Universitario Madrid
Address: Plaza del Conde del Valle de Suchil 16, 28015
Hospital la Moraleja
Address: Avd Francisco Pí Y Margall 81, 28050
MD Anderson Cancer Centre
Address: Calle Arturo Soria 270, 28033
Unidad Médica Angloamericana
Address: Calle Conde de Aranda 1, 28001
►Healthcare in Spain gives in-depth information on the country's medical services
►Getting Around in Madrid gives an overview of transport in the city
"My experiences with the public healthcare system have been about the same as back home (both good and bad, so 4 out of 5 compared to the US) but the services are all paid for through universal healthcare, so you only ever have to pay for medical prescriptions." Find out more about Madrid with Canadian expat Mimi.
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