Andorra’s healthcare system, state-of-the-art hospital and private practices

Andorra’s healthcare system, state-of-the-art hospital and private practices

Andorra has a healthcare system that is comparable to France’s socialist system. The World Health Organization ranked this tiny yet breath-taking country’s universal healthcare system as number 4 in the world; yet another reason for prospective expatriates to relocate to this remarkable country.

 

Andorra’s universal healthcare system

There are several entities which govern the Andorran healthcare sector: the General Council, the SAAS (the National Health Service), the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the CASS (the Social Security Office).

In order to be covered by CASS, the public entity which manages the social security system, one must be employed by either an Andorran or private company. That means that CASS covers expatriates with Active Residency permits and their families. The amount individuals contribute to this system depends on their salary. Employees pay between 5.5% up to 10.5% of their salary and employers are required to contribute another 14.5%. It is important to note that new employees working for an Andorran company need to register with CASS.

CASS’s universal healthcare system covers 75% of all outpatient medical costs (including medical prescriptions and doctors visits), 90% of hospital fees and 100% of work-related injuries. Expatriates with Passive Residency permits and tourists are not covered by this healthcare system and must have private medical insurance. Andorra has a large network of insurance companies to choose from, offering a wide range of personalized private insurance.

 

Andorra’s hospital, medical centers and network of doctors and pharmacies

A superb hospital and numerous medical centers

Andorra’s world-class hospital, the Hospital Nostra Senyora de Meritxell, is equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and has specialists who completed their medical training abroad (mainly in France and Spain). The hospital has the capacity to transfer patients in need to hospitals abroad by ambulance or helicopter. Andorra also has numerous specialized private practices and medical centers which can be found throughout the country.

Private practices in Andorra

Andorra has a great network of doctors that run their private practices throughout the country. These private practices specialize in many different fields such as homecare, dermatology, dentistry, etc. Various languages are spoken in order to cater to patient needs. CASS provides a list of Andorra’s hospital and medical centers. It should be noted that the CASS covers routine dentist visits and check-ups however more extensive treatments must be paid for out of pocket.

A note on Pharmacies: Andorra has one of the highest ratios of pharmacies per capita in Europe. Pharmacists can sell approved foreign medical prescriptions from certain pharmaceutical companies which have been approved by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

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