Healthcare in Spain: hospitals and map

24 Aug
2017
Last update: 3 May, 2019

Discover the most important things to know about healthcare in Spain.

Known as one of Europe’s best healthcare systems, healthcare in Spain is free for EEA citizen owning the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Below, you will find all the information you’ll need to know before taking a trip to Spain not to be caught by surprise.

European Health Insurance Card

The European Health Insurance Card, also known as EHIC or Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea, is a free Insurance Card issued by the EEA state members.

This card allows you to receive most medical care for free or at reduced-cost when travelling within the EEA. However, the EHIC doesn’t cover private and nonurgent medical care, dentists and in those cases where treatment is the sole purpose of your trip.

Likewise, be aware that some treatments that are free in your home country may not be free in Spain. In this case, the EHIC won’t cover them. The most effective way to have your health care covered, even if it is a private healthcare treatment that you need, is to buy a travel insurance policy covering emergency medical coverage, among other occurrences, such as trip cancellation. As a plus, most travel insurances cover emergency medical expenses both abroad and within your home country.

When buying the travel insurance policy, check whether is the company that pays for medical costs firsthand or if you have to bear the costs and then get a refund once you’re back home. In the latter case, remember to keep all documentation as well as medical bills.

Bi-lateral health agreements are available between Spain and the following non-EU countries, allowing citizens travelling to Spain to receive free medical treatment:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brasil
  • Cape Verde
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • Mexico
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • USA
  • Venezuela

Centros de salud

Health centres (centros de salud) are the primary health care service for Spaniards. It is there where doctors visit their patients. Like a Spanish person, you will have to ask for a visit after registering with a specific doctor. However, in case of emergency and if you’re on a trip in Spain, the centros de salud provide first-aid help in Urgencias (casualty).

Every district has its own Centro de Salud and, depending on the town or city you’re visiting, you can even find more than one health centre close to your holiday accommodation.

Pharmacies

Pharmacies throughout Spain usually open

  • Monday to Friday: from 9.30 am to 2 pm, and from 5 pm to 9.30 pm
  • Saturday: from 9.30 to 2 pm

However, most pharmacies have their own opening hours, usually from 9.30 am to 10 pm, especially in the cities. If you’re in need of a pharmacy and it happens to be closed, you will find the name of the nearest 24-hour duty pharmacy (farmacía de guardia) on the door.

If you’re in Malaga province, you can look through Malaga’s farmacías de guardia by clicking here and then, selecting the area and the town you’re interested in.

Pharmacists offer useful advice and sell medicines both with and without prescription.

Drinkable water in Andalucia

Andalucia’s tap water is usually safe to drink. However, as villas located in rural areas may supply water from wells, it is advisable you always drink bottled water.  

Emergency numbers in Spain

The emergency numbers you’ll have to keep in mind when travelling to Spain are:

  • 112: available throughout Spain as part of the EU, this free number is to be called in case of emergency (personal and public safety, medical emergency, and so on).
  • 061: this is the free number to call in case of Casualty. This number is active only in some of the Autonomous regions in Spain (Andalucia, Cataluña, Galicia, Aragón, Murcia, Cantabria). The other regions have this emergency number integrated with the 112.

Main hospitals of Andalusian provinces

All hospitals in Andalucia have a casualty area, which you can contact or visit in case of need. Below, you can find a list of the main hospitals of the Andalusian provinces:

Hospitals in Malaga

The emergency number for the hospitals in Malaga is: +34 902 03 14 37

  • Hospital Regional de Málaga, also known as “Carlos Haya”
    • Avda. Carlos Haya. 29010, Malaga
    • Telephone number: +34 951 29 00 00
  • Hospital Virgen de la Victoria
    • Campus Universitario Teatinos. 29010, Malaga
    • Telephone number: + 34 951 03 20 00
  • Hospital Costa del Sol
    • 340 National Highway, km. 187. 29603, Marbella (Malaga)
    • Telephone number: +34 951 97 66 69
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Benalmádena
    • Avda. del Arroyo Hondo. 29639, Benalmádena (Malaga)
    • Telephone number: +34 951 97 60 00
  • Hospital de Antequera
    • Avda. Poeta Muñoz Rojas. 29200, Antequera (Malaga)
    • Telephone number: +34 951 06 16 00
  • Hospital Serranía de Ronda
    • Roundabout Ronda – San Pedro, km. 2, 29400, Ronda (Malaga)
    • Telephone number: +34 951 06 50 01
  • Hospital Comarcal de la Axarquía
    • Urbanisation El Tomillar. 29700, Vélez-Málaga (Malaga)
    • Telephone number: +34 951 06 70 00

Hospitals in Seville

The emergency number for the hospitals in Seville is: +34 955 40 24 82

  • Hospital Virgen Macarena
    • 3, avda. Dr. Fedriani. 41009, Seville
    • Telephone number: + 34 955 00 80 00
  • Hospital Virgen del Rocío
    • Avda. Manuel Siurot. 41013, Seville
    • Telephone number: +34 955 01 20 00
  • Hospital Virgen de Valme
    • Carretera de Cadiz, km. 548,9., 41014, Seville
    • Telephone number: + 34 955 01 50 00
  • Hospital Público Comarcal La Merced
    • 2, avda. De la Constitución. 41640, Osuna (Seville)
    • Telephone number: +34 955 07 72 00
  • Hospital San Juan de Dios
    • Avda. San Juan de Dios. 41930, Bormujos (Seville)
    • Telephone number: +34 955 05 05 50
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución Sierra Norte
    • Carretera del Pedroso. 41450, Constantina (Seville)
    • Telephone number: + 34 955 88 90 43
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Écija
    • Avda. Dr. Sánchez Malo. 41400, Écija (Seville)
    • Telephone number: +34 955 87 90 01
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Lebrija
    • El Cuervo, 41570. Lebrija (Seville)
    • Telephone number: +34 955 83 83 50
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Morón de la Frontera
    • Plaza San Francisco, 41530. Morón de la Frontera (Seville)
    • Telephone number: +34 954 85 17 11
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Utrera
    • Avda. Brigadas Internacionales. 41710, Utrera (Seville)
    • Telephone number: +34 955 83 90 01

Hospitals in Cordoba

The emergency number for the hospitals in Cordoba is: +34 957 00 17 37

  • Hospital Reina Sofia
    • Avda. Menéndez Pidal. 14004, Cordoba
    • Telephone number: + 34 957 01 00 00
  • Hospital Infanta Margarita
    • Avda. De Góngora. 14940, Cabra (Cordoba)
    • Telephone number: +34 957 02 13 00
  • Hospital Público de Montilla
    • A-309 Montoro-Puente Genil highway, km. 65,350. 14550, Montilla (Cordoba)
    • Telephone number: +34 957 02 26 00
  • Hospital Valle de los Pedroches
    • Juan del Rey Calero. 14400, Pozoblanco (Cordoba)
    • Telephone number: +34 957 02 63 00
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución Valle del Guadiato
    • Paraje Cerro del Camello. 14200, Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo (Cordoba)
    • Telephone number: +34 957 57 91 00
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Puente Genil
    • Calle (street) Miguel Quintero Merino. 14500, Puente Genil (Cordoba)
    • Telephone number: +34 957 61 50 00

Hospitals in Granada

The emergency number for the hospitals in Granada is: +34 958 02 88 27

  • Hospital Virgen de las Nieves y Hospital Campus de la Salud
    • Avda. De las Fuerzas Armadas. 18014, Granada
    • Telephone number: + 34 958 02 00 00
  • Hospital Público Comarcal de Baza
    • Carretera de Murcia. 18800, Baza (Granada)
    • Telephone number: +34 958 03 13 00
  • Hospital Comarcal Santa Ana de Motril
    • Avda. Enrique Martín Cuevas. 18600, Motril (Granada)
    • Telephone number: +34 957 02 26 00
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Guadix
    • Avda. Mariana Pineda. 18500, Guadix (Granada)
    • Telephone number: +34 958 69 91 00
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Loja
    • Avda. Tierno Galván. 18300, Loja (Granada)
    • Telephone number: +34 958 33 81 00

Hospitals in Cadiz

The emergency number for the hospitals in Cadiz is: +34 956 02 50 00

  • Hospital Puerta del Mar
    • 21, Ana de Viya. 11009, Cadiz
    • Telephone number: +34 956 00 21 00
  • Hospital Punta de Europa
    • Carretera de Getares. 11207, Algeciras (Cadiz)
    • Telephone number: +34 956 02 50 00
  • Hospital Jerez de la Frontera
    • Ronda de Circunvalación. 11407, Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz)
    • Telephone number: +34 956 03 20 00
  • Hospital La Línea
    • 103, avda. Menéndez Pelayo. 11300, Línea de la Concepción (Cadiz)
    • Telephone number: + 34 956 02 65 00
  • Hospital Universitario de Puerto Real
    • N-IV highway, km. 665. 11510, Puerto Real (Cadiz)
    • Telephone number: +34 956 00 50 00

Hospitals in Almeria

The emergency number for the hospitals in Almeria is: +34 950 17 53 06

  • Complejo hospitalario Torrecárdenas
    • Martínez García, 04009, Almeria
    • Telephone number: +34 950 01 60 00
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución El Toyo
    • Calle La Botica, 04131, Almeria
    • Telephone number: +34 950 15 80 15
  • Hospital de Poniente – El Ejido
    • 31, Carretera Almerimar. 04700, El Ejido (Almeria)
    • Telephone number: + 34 950 02 25 00
  • Hospital Público Comarcal La Inmaculada
    • Avda. Dra Ana Parra. 04600, Huércal-Overa (Almeria)
    • Telephone number: +34 950 02 90 00

Hospitals in Huelva

                                 

The emergency number for the hospitals in Huelva is: +34 959 52 71 74

  • Hospital Juan Ramón Jiménez y Hospital Infanta Elena
    • Roundabout Exterior Norte. 21005, Huelva
    • Telephone number: + 34 959 01 60 00
  • Hospital Riotinto
    • 5, avda. La Esquila. 21660, Minas de Riotinto (Huelva)
    • Telephone number: +34 959 02 52 00

Hospitals in Jaen

The emergency number for the hospitals in Jaen is: +34 953 36 61 44

  • Centro Hospitalario de Jaén
    • 10, avda. del Ejército Español. 23007, Jaen
    • Telephone number: +34 953 00 80 00
  • Hospital San Juan de la Cruz
    • 1, carretera de Linares. 23400, Ubeda (Jaen)
    • Telephone number: + 34 953 02 82 00
  • Hospital San Agustín
    • Avda. de San Cristóbal. 23700, Linares (Jaen)
    • Telephone number: +34 953 02 42 00
  • Hospital Alto Guadalquivir de Andújar
    • Avda. de Blas Infante. 23740, Andújar (Jaen)
    • Telephone number: +34 953 02 14 00
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Alcalá La Real
    • Avenida de Iberoamerica. 23680, Alcalá La Real (Jaen)
    • Telephone number: +34 953 59 91 00
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución de Alcaudete
    • 2, str. Camino Viejo de la Fuensanta. 23660, Alcaudete (Jaen)
    • Telephone number: +34 953 36 82 00
  • Hospital de Alta Resolución Sierra de Segura
    • Puerta de Segura-Puente Génave highway, km. 0.3. 23350, Puente de Génave (Jaen)
    • Telephone number: +34 953 49 91 00

Some useful information regarding healthcare in Spain is exactly what you’ll need to know before travelling to Andalucia.

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  • We are coming on holiday to Mojacar next week, my husband has terminal cancer on palliative care.
    He is unable to get private insurance cover but has a EHIC card, would this be sufficient to cover any other illness like infection or similar while we are there.