Healthcare on the Costa del Sol is representative of Spain's excellent quality, ranked 7th by the WHO out of a total of 191 countries, and reasonably priced. You will find public or private medical and dental care in every town or village along the Costa de Sol, with medical staff likely to be speaking not only Spanish but also foreign languages.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French and German.
You can take advantage of the public healthcare system in Spain if:
As in the rest of Spain, you'll have to register with the Dirección General de la Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social (TGSS) to get a social security number. The provincial Costa del Sol TGSS offices and their contact details are listed below or on this website: www.seg-social.es
You can get an EHIC if you're an EU citizen. Apply through your country's government website You can use this card whilst on holiday or during a temporary visit to Spain. Take it with you to a health centre or public hospital if you need treatment. If a Spanish national would have to pay a fee for the treatment you receive, so will you. The health centre or hospital treating you will decide whether your treatment can wait until you return to your home country.
An EHIC is not a substitute for medical and travel insurance when travelling abroad. Use an EHIC in conjunction with proper travel insurance.
If you don't qualify for public healthcare - or if, indeed, you just prefer to go private - you'll want to purchase health insurance. We advice that you talk to an Insurance Broker to be informed about the best options.
Dental care in Spain is not covered by social security but the prices are generally reasonable, accessible to most.
Here you will find a complete guide to Healthcare providers in the Costa del Sol: http://www.marbellafamilyfun.com/marbella-medical-and-dental.html