If you are a UK or EU resident then a European Health Insurance Card
(EHIC) will entitle visitors and tourists of European Economic Area (EEA) member countries (and Switzerland) to free or reduced-cost medical care that becomes necessary while in Spain due to illness or accident. The EHIC gives the business traveller or tourist access to state-provided medical treatment on the same basis as an 'insured' person living in Spain.
However, the EHIC won't cover you for most types of non-urgent treatment for ongoing conditions, maternity care or vaccinations so you should still take out some private medical and travel insurance because medical repatriation, on-going medical treatment and treatment of a non-urgent nature will not be covered. If you still have your old form (E111) you need to upgrade to the EHIC - make sure you do this several weeks before your trip.
The quickest way is to apply online for the EHIC
or pick up an application pack from the Post Office or telephone 0845 606 2030. The EHIC is normally valid for three to five years and each member of the family needs their own card.
It is vital that you take out travel insurance
when taking any trip abroad in addition to having an EHIC, regardless of your trip's duration, and not least if you are planning on taking part in some high risk activities like skiing.