The quality of health care and hospital facilities in Andalucia (and throughout Spain) is of a very high standard. There are excellent doctors, and highly trained Spanish medical staff and hospitals are equipped with the latest high-tech equipment. Andalucia has many excellent public and private hospitals in each of the eight provinces.
To qualify for free services in health centres and Spanish hospitals, you must either be registered with the state healthcare system, have private healthcare insurance, hold an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) or be a national from a country with a bilateral health agreement with Spain. If not, you will be asked to pay medical fees unless it’s an emergency. Expats living and working in Spain have access to the country’s free state healthcare insurance but some Spanish hospitals offer a combination of both public and private healthcare.
1. Brand new Hospital of Estepona
In march 2019 Estepona is getting its own dedicated hospital. The hospital will be located on a six-hectare site on the west side of the town centre. It will become one of the most important health infrastructures seen in recent decades, and will be offering a top class and professional medical service. It will have specialised departments for radiology, hospitalisation, surgery, paediatrics, and women’s health and capacity to handle an expected 85,000 appointments and 90,000 emergency visits a year. For residents of Duquesa Port, Manilva, Casares and other local towns it means far shorter travel times when they need urgent medical care.
2. Costa del Sol Hospital
The Costa del Sol Hospital, on the main A-7 coast road 7km east of Marbella center, is one of the best-equipped hospitals in Spain. Inaugurated in December 1993, the hospital is run by an independent company on behalf of the (SAS) Andalucian Health Authorities.
It has a large out-patients department and a 24 hour accident and emergency department.
There are often voluntary interpreters on hand to help British and other nationalities communicate with the medical staff. With at least 15% of patients being non-Spanish speakers, this is considered a necessity for the smooth running of the hospital.
In 2017 The Costa del Sol Hospital was named the “best hospital” by The Andalucía public health service (SAS).
3. Hospital de alta resolucion de Benalmadena
The hospital has 15 specialized care clinics: Clinical Analysis, Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, Digestive System, Cardiology, General Surgery and Digestive System, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pneumology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Radiodiagnostics, Traumatology and Orthopedic Surgery, Urology, Intensive Care and Emergencies. The facilities incorporate the latest generation technology and new model of organization to deliver the swiftest and most accurate diagnosis and treatment care in the region.
4. Complejo Hospitalario Carlos Haya
The Carlos Haya Regional University Hospital consists of three hospitals and a speciality centre located in different parts of Malaga. The General Hospital (known as Carlos Haya) specialises in medical and more complex surgical procedures. The Maternal and Child Hospital (Hospital Materno Infantil) is a benchmark of quality in the care of women, children and young people. The Civil Hospital (Hospital Civil) deals with more traditional hospitalisation: ambulatory surgery, short stay, surgery, etc.
5. Virgen de la Victoria Hospital
The Virgen de la Victoria University Hospital (also known as Hospital Clínico) is a public hospital complex managed by the Andalusian Health Service. It was opened in 1989 and its name is dedicated to the patron saint of Malaga, the Virgin of Victory . The University of Málaga is the academic institution affiliated to the hospital complex, located in the Teatinos University Campus. The Virgen de la Victoria Hospital Area has three Hospitals, two Peripheral Specialty Centers, eight Community Mental Health Units and one Mental Health Day Hospital.