Information for Patients
Andorra is a small country, and thus lacks various healthcare services and patients may travel to Barcelona or Toulouse for treatment. There is only one hospital, Hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell, and at least some level of English is usually available. The healthcare system is based on universal public insurance, with only 8% of residents having to use private insurance. Hospital visits are usually covered up to 90%, but workplace accidents as well as maternal labor and delivery are fully covered. Agreements with France, Portugal and Spain allow for the public insurance provider (CASS) to reimburse medical bills when Andorra residents travel to these countries, and residents should notify CASS before leaving.
Information for Health Care Professionals
Although many foreign physicians, who work for irregular periods in Andorra, have signed an agreement with the insurer, CASS, there are physicians that have not signed the agreement, thus the government has difficulty in compiling exact statistics. In 2000, incentives to improve staff motivation and upgrade working conditions were introduced to close the gap between the public and private medical providers.
Some medical education is now available in Andorra, with the public hospital providing internships for nurses. Since there is no medical faculty in Andorra, students interested in studying medicine must attain their education elsewhere. The EU law that requires all primary care doctors to attain a minimum level of postgraduate training does not apply to Andorra.
Information for Travelers
Travelers are recommended to purchase travel insurance, and require upfront payment regardless of type of travel insurance.
Ministry of Health in Andorra: https://www.salut.ad/