When visiting Spain, in particular Barcelona, you will find that there is a reputation for high quality healthcare, both public and private. There are a number of specialty Doctors in Barcelona that operate in the travel health care market as well.
Spain visitors face no immediate health risks while touring Spain. Our country’s overall health and safety conditions are excellent. You won’t require no special inoculations. Although we keep to the strictest of standards concerning our commercial food processing, preparation, food service, as in any country, consumers are advised to use extra precautions when preparing eggs or poultry, due to the possibility of salmonella bacteria. Barcelona tap water is safe but not delicious to drink due to high calcium content. Even though we take safety and good health very seriously, whether you’re a visitor, or you are making Barcelona home, you should plan for the possibility of needing medical attention. There are options to consider; do you need to have an English speaking doctor, are there children that must access pediatrics medicine? Is anyone in your party pregnant? Are there ample facilities in case of the need for a Medical Consultation? Any number of reasons can constitute a visit to the Doctor. Barcelona medical professionals can handle it all.
Preparing in case of illness or Injuries if you are travelling from any part of Europe, before coming to Spain, is smart to apply for the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This free card will allow the holder to seek healthcare in more than 30 different European countries. Check with your particular country’s government to learn how to apply. Many travelers take out travel insurance, when visiting abroad. Normally these plans also cover you while on flights. Most cover private medical expenses, as well as non medical situations like lost luggage, stolen property, and a slew of other mishaps. Americans, Australians and any other non-European travelers, this insurance is a MUST. Although you should note that ANYONE, visiting Barcelona, regardless of status, will be treated in the case of an emergency. If this happens, you will also be required to pay your own medical bills.
If there is an emergency, please call 112 for emergency aid. This number is always free, and ”URGENCIAS” is the Spanish word for our emergency services. If you experience a minor injury, there are the numbers of many Doctors you can call for an appointment. And after, you can go to any of Barcelona’s high quality pharmacies where trained technicians will attend you, but remember that by law you are required to present the proper medical prescription.
If you are travelling with a child, you have nothing to worry about in case of accident or illness. Pediatric care in Barcelona is comparable to the finest medical care found throughout Europe. We have up to date diagnostic laboratories and services. There are specialists available in all fields of medicine. Barcelona Hospitals are well staffed, well-equipped, but not most doctors and dentists speak English. If your child requires medicine, most common types are available locally. Some may not, be the brand names you are used to, but the pharmacist will help you. If your child regularly needs medication you should bring a supply. You will need to have documentation for the medicine as well.