Spain is one of the top five most-visited destinations in the world and has carved a niche for itself as a holiday destination during the summer, thanks to its sandy beaches, exciting nightlife and vibrant culture.
Taking advantage of the existing tourism infrastructure, the Spanish government is making inroads to the medical tourism industry and is emerging as one of the most popular medical tourism destinations, especially for medical services like orthopedic surgery, dental treatments, cosmetic procedures, bariatric care, ophthalmology and elective surgery. Spain has more than 700 hospitals and clinics that together cater to the needs of both the citizens and medical tourists. There are 21 Spanish hospitals and clinics that have been accredited by the JCI. Key strengths of Spain for medical tourism
- Ranked the 7th best healthcare system in the world
- Highly accessible from countries like the UK and the USA
- Quality medical treatments that are up to 70 percent cheaper than the USA and the UK.
- Large number of quality hospitals and clinics with numerous JCI accredited hospitals and clinics
- State of the art infrastructure and medical technology
- Well qualified doctors and surgeons with international experience
- Well-established tourism infrastructure Why should you consider Spain for your healthcare needs?
There are many factors that contribute to the stellar reputation of Spain’s healthcare system and its rapid rise in the medical tourism industry even in the midst of fierce competition. Here is a look at some of these factors that should make you seriously consider visiting Spain for your healthcare needs.
Vast network of hospitals and clinics
Spain has over 700 hospitals and clinics that staff over 450,000 doctors and medical personnel and provide nearly 2.5 million surgeries in a year. The Spanish healthcare system is one of the best in the world and has provisions to cater to the needs of both the Spanish people and foreign travelers.
Great hospital infrastructure
All the major hospitals in the country are equipped with advanced technological infrastructure that allows doctors and surgeons provide the latest treatments and services to the patients. Some hospitals also have dedicated departments to cater to medical tourists visiting the country. Some of the most popular treatments include cosmetic surgeries, bariatric procedures, ophthalmology and orthopedics.
Highly qualified doctors
Most of the doctors in Spain are adequately proficient in English. Medical tourists also have the option to seek the assistance of professional interpreters, whose services are made available by the hospital. Spanish doctors are some of the best in the world and have to undergo rigorous education and training before they are allowed to practice. They receive international experience by working in other European Union nations and are therefore abreast with the latest developments on the international front. There are many surgeons in Spain who are registered at the General Medical Council, which is located in the UK.
Affordable healthcare services
Spain is one of the few nations that has a high standard of life, despite a low cost of living. Though there are regional variations from urban to rural, healthcare services throughout the country are highly affordable. Medical tourists from the USA and the UK can save up to 70 percent of costs by traveling to Spain for their healthcare needs.
Hospitals accredited by the JCI and FAD
There are 21 hospitals in Spain that are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the first being accredited in 2001. JCI has an accreditation partner in Spain called the Fundacion Avedis Donabedian (FAD), which has also accredited many hospitals in the country. These hospitals and clinics provide the very best medical services and treatments.
Free healthcare for EU members
Medical tourists belonging to other EU countries and holding a E-11 form or the new EU card can avail free and comprehensive healthcare services in Spain. These services are available for a maximum period of three months, after which they have to fall back on their private healthcare plans.
Availability of wellness centers
Spain has established many wellness centers that offer the peace, beauty, serenity and inspiration required for a complete de-stressing experience and is significantly beneficial for recuperation after surgeries.
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