A Guide to Working in Spain

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Sarah Peddie

Ever fancied a move to Spain? Here is some information you might want to take a look at before making the decision. 

Here are some facts about the healthcare system:

  • Spain has a public healthcare system which is mainly financed by taxes.
  • The national healthcare system covers 99% of the population, the rest have private healthcare.
  • It has one of the lowest infant mortality rate and highest life expectancy rate among OECD countries. 
  • Public hospitals in Spain are managed by the health departments of the Autonomous Communities.


1 - Healthcare System 

The Spanish healthcare system is considered to be well managed and the majority of Spaniards are happy with the system.

Most of the healthcare in Spain is public. The rest is made up of large private medical groups. 

You don’t have to pay for public healthcare in Spain. You do have to pay between 20-50€ a month to access private hospitals and clinics.

2 - Language

The authorities in Spain make a big deal of language competency. So Spanish speaking doctors are what they are looking for.

A lot of physicians from South America move over to Spain for a better income.

3 - License to Register

To get a license and work as a medical practitioner independently or in a hospital, you must register with the college of physicians of the province. The colleges set up guidelines, documentation and membership criteria for the registration process in Spain. 

4 - Get Your Visa

After everything has been approved, you must apply for a work permit which will come with a residence permit as well. Once they have both been accepted, you can then apply for a visa to work and live in Spain. 

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