Medical facilities in Southern Spain range from the basic to the most comfortable of establishments.
The government-funded Costa del Sol Hospital is well equipped and compares favourably with leading hospitals in many major cities. For more details about public healthcare visit our Social Security page.
Private medical practitioners speaking many languages are widely available and you will find their services and specialities advertised in local publications.
Many private clinics advertise a 24 hour service and you will not have to travel far should you need their services. Some doctors will travel to you if you are unable to reach the clinic.
Cosmetic surgery is big business in Marbella, long-term home of beautiful people from all over the world. Always check credentials and results of previous surgery before engaging a doctor to treat you.
Pre and postnatal care in Spain may be very different than in your home country. Community care is limited and you will be expected to attend all appointments at your local health centre or hospital even in the days following birth. Whatever your birth choices, remember that the prime objective of everyone involved is the delivery of a healthy baby. Many British midwives advertise their services in Spain and can arrange to be present at the birth with you.
There is a lack of retirement homes in Spain. For those who need medical assistance and day-to-day care, we suggest evaluating the various options carefully before making the decision to move here full time.