All students must have medical insurance during their stay at the University of Alicante. It is the students responsibility to provide themselves with medical coverage before arrival.
Students from the European Union, the Economic European Area and Switzerland, can apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their country of origin.
The EHIC is individual and certifies the holder the right to receive healthcare which is normally covered by the statutory health care system (public system) in Spain.
Private health insurance
Those students who cannot have the EHIC must have a private health insurance and contact their insurance company when needed.
The University of Alicante offers exchange students the oncampus insurance policy which, for an amount of 29 €, provides coverage, among other things, for: health insurance, travel insurance, repatriation and transport of sick or injured persons during their stay in Spain.
Once the amount of the policy is paid, the system generates the policy with the corresponding coverage, which will be sent by email. Students must print and bring it with them.
Formalities on arrival in Alicante
Once in Alicante, students that have the EHIC must register with the Department of Health and Social Security near their home address in Alicante, in order to get a General Practitioner (family doctor) assigned to them. A list of all the Health Centres in Alicante is given below:
C/ Gerona, 24
Pza. Santísima Faz, 7
C/ Dr. Sapena, s/n
C/ Linares, 9
C/ Maestro Latorre, 9
C/ Fernando Madroñal, 13-15
C/ Fernando Madroñal, 9-11
Parque Lo Morant
C/ Maestro Alonso, 109
C/ Cronista Vte Martínez Morell, s/n
C/ del Clot, s/n
C/ Arpón, 9
Sant Vicent del Raspeig I
C/ Ptda Canastell, 16
Sant Vicent del Raspeig II
Avda Alicante, 78
Health unit at the UA
At the University of Alicante there is a health unit for minor medical problems (headache, flu, etc) that can happen while you are on Campus.No appointment is needed, just go to the ‘Servicio de Prevencion medica’ and ask for the Doctor. Free for local and exchange students.
For any other cases, students must go to their Health Centres.
Hospitals in Alicante
For emergencies (accidents, serious health problems), the students with European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) can go to the “Urgencias” department at these two Hospitals in Alicante or phone the emergency telephone number 112:
Hospital General de Alicante
C\ Pintor Baeza 12
Hospital de San Juan
Ctra. Nacional 332 s/n
Pharmacists in Spain are more highly-trained than in some countries and will provide treatment advice for many common illnesses. They work very differently than they do in other countries as there are medications which are readily available over the counter without a prescription, some medications that are strictly prescription drugs in other countries (such as antibiotics) are commonly available over-the-counter. Medicines tend to cost significantly less than in other countries due to state imposed price restrictions.
The brand names of some medications will change from country to country so you need to make yourself aware of the generic name so that you have an idea what to ask for when you are in Spain. When medications are issued they are not measured out into bottles as in some other European countries, but they are in boxes with a set number of tablets in each box. Pharmacists are not permitted to split the boxes, so you may end up with more medication than you actually need. Some medications will require a ‘receta’ or prescription and the doctor or GP will issue it for you after you visit him/her.