Until a new agreement is made following the UK's withdrawal from Europe anyone who is ordinarily resident in the UK can be covered for emergency care using the European Health Card (EHIC) which is valid up to 31/12/20. This card is for emergency treatment only and normal travel insurance should be obtained in addition.
The quickest and easiest way to get a European Health Insurance Card (credit card sized plastic document) is to apply online although it is possible to apply by phone.
Tel: 0300 330 1350
People who are working and paying social security in Spain are entitled to a similar medical cover as in the UK via the Spanish health system using a SIP card.
The treatments covered are those which are generally provided free in the UK, but not all GP, dental or ophthalmic treatment. You will also have to pay for your prescriptions unless a pensioner.
Residents not entitled to the use of the healthcare system should arrange adequate medical insurance. This can be obtained from a Spanish company or from an international insurer, and an average an annual policy will cost around 600 pounds. This will of course depend on age and any existing medical problems.
UK pensioners can apply in the UK for an S1 which gives you reciprocal health care in Spain but obviously this could change post Dec 20.
The Regional Health Authority in Valencia has a scheme for obtaining healthcare. Under its Convenio Especial British residents without access to state provided healthcare (SIP) now can join the new Spanish health insurance scheme.
We would urge people who need health cover to sign-up. Waiting until you’re ill before you sort out access to a doctor can easily result in an unwelcome bill.”