MEDICAL TRAVEL, DESTINATION: SPAIN
SPAIN IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRIES IN EUROPE, KNOWN BECAUSE OF FLAMENCO AND TAPAS. THIS DESTINATION FOR MEDICAL TRAVELS HAS A RICH HISTORY IN CULTURE AND THE INFLUENCE OF OTHER CULTURES.
LOCATED IN SOUTH-WEST EUROPE, SPAIN IS NO. 51 IN THE WORLD IN LAND SURFACE. THERE ARE SIX CITIES WITH A POPULATION OF MORE THAN 500,000 RESIDENTS AND THERE IS A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF DUTCH, GERMAN, ENGLISH AND FRENCH. THIS DESTINATION FOR MEDICAL TRAVEL HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST IMMIGRATION FIGURES PROCENTUAL, AND THE HIGHEST IMMIGRATION FIGURE IN ABSOLUTE NUMBERS.
Spain’s cultural diversity, large land surface, modern infrastructure, low cost of living make a visit a very varied experience in the area of culture, music, gastronomy and ecology for tourists. And all this without the high crime rates compared to other destinations for medical travel.
Prominence of medical travel
Apart from the fact that Spain has a large number of hospitals and clinics approved for medical travel, Spain is No. 7 on the list of the World Health Organization of countries with the best medical care. Another study from the same report shows that the Spaniards are in second place when it comes to satisfaction with the health care system. Medical trips to Spain also increase annually.
Spain has 750 hospitals with very well-trained doctors and state-of-the-art facilities. What is unique about this destination for medical travel is that it has such a low cost of living, while the quality of life is very high. This results into the very high quality of medical care for relatively low prices. Some hospitals have a separate department for medical travel patients, and they are even provided with interpreters. Spain is a popular destination for those who need surgery or treatment in the areas of cosmetic surgery, dentistry, overweight and orthopedics (such as knee surgery or hip surgery).
The official language in Spain is Spanish, however, in a number of regions other, officially recognized languages are spoken, such as Catalan and Basque. English is sometimes spoken in large cities, and in the coastal areas one hears a lot of German, Dutch and French. Patients who use the medical trips therefore do not have to expect any problems with regard to the language.
Due to the large surface area, mountain ranges and coastal areas, the climate of this destination for medical travel differs from location to location. The higher and central areas, including Madrid, have very hot summers and cold winters. Andalusia (the southernmost part of Spain) can become very hot in the summer. The Pyrenees (the mountain range that forms a natural border with France) is an area with very severe winters and a lot of precipitation in all seasons. The Mediterranean coastal areas have the characteristic milder but also more humid climate than inland, which is why this part is preferred for medical travel.
Airline companies with this Medical Travel Destination
There are many ‘low cost’ European airlines that fly to Spain from other European countries such as Click Air, Ryanair and Easyjet.
The currency of this destination for medical travel is the Euro.