Health care in Spain applies to Tenerife and all its other provinces.
The only difference is that mainland Spain has many more hospitals of all sorts, such as three semi private Hospiten, similar to the one of La Rambla depicted above of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Some hospitals specialize, such as for extreme burns. The UHNSC university hospital of Candelaria handles fire accident emergencies on its island first. Then, the injured is flown to a special clinic on mainland Spain.
By the way, all young doctors at the UHNSC are said to speak English well.
The HUNSC university hospital of Nuestra Señora de Candelaria of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has made news for health care in Spain Tenerife again. It is one of 20 finalists for best public, private hospitals and clinics of Spain in the category cardiology. This is very helpful to know, even if Tenerife was not going to win first prize.Here El Dia newspaper tells it in Spanish
Dr. Antonio Lara Padrón from La Orotava of Tenerife Tel: 922 333391 (mobile: 618 90 30 38)
is part of the praised team in the HUNSC. Unfortunately, he doesn't speak English.
Did you know that the same hospital Candelaria had a famous track record of 559 organ transplants with 44 new livers in 2014?
Centro Medico Vida at La Arenas,73 of Puerto Cruz with its free interpreters for non Spanish speakers provides a very useful emergency service to everybody. Call TLF: 922382317 Obviously this can't be the cheapest service of health care in Spain Tenerife but this clinic has many specialist doctors to help you.
Such an appointment is called cita de emergencia. This term is highly misleading. It's not health care in Spain you would ever miss. It means you must wait on standby to see a specialist even with a transfer by a Centro de Salud. It can take hours and more until you will be called up, as all people who had operations and certain others will be seen before you. This also applies to private insurance patients. However, you don't have that problem when you have a private appointment that you arrange and prepay yourself. Such appointments are also possible with specialist doctors who have rooms at Hospiten hospitals and other clinics. Then consulting times may be relied upon more or less. However without an appointment, unless by a real emergency due to a road or other grave accident, you must sit and wait when you check in at the outpost Ambolatorio at a Hospiten.
In most cases, your British medical social insurance should refund your expenses. Have this confirmed in the UK, before you travel. At least, this was the case with an elderly German lady who always preferred the private Clinic at Las Arenas to a Centro de Salud. She went for expert help fast, always, as her son a Cardiologist in Germany told her to do. A few years ago, she would simply ask the Tenerife holiday home insider to join her on a taxi ride to translate during the doctor visit.
Unfortunately, nobody knows yet if the Brexit will bring to an end all according agreements between the UK and Spain by 2018.
"But the fat lady hasn't sung".
Mind that all or almost all your medicine is free or cheaper in Tenerife provided that you have the blue European card. The expat Richard who is still fond of his Tenerife living is having the following experience:
Although, Richard was in an extremely advanced stage of cancer of the glands, his Tenerife cancer care still gave him all his drugs for free. He would have had to pay out of his pocket Euros 179 monthly for similar drugs in Germany, he told the Tenerife holiday home insider in 2012.
Also, a room had been reserved for him with gentle care at the Thorax building behind Hospital Candelaria. This was in case he didn't want to pass away at home. Also, an ambulance fetched him for hospital routine check-ups at regular intervals.
Expat Elizabeth who is in her Eighties wouldn't have swapped her medical care in Spain Tenerife with the UK. The ex UK nurse also said that hospitals in Great Britain had changed so much to the worse.
(English, German and Spanish spoken)
sells contact lenses
and all sorts of glasses.
Many important eye tests are done.
No long waiting like in doctors' rooms.
Superb, professional service.
Address: Plaza del Charco -Calle Quintana2
Columbus Plaza -first floor
38400 Puerto de la Cruz
Call 922 387072 for appointments
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