Tenerife tips for its health care in Spain.

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 besides 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.

Important links for health care in Spain

Multi lingual English speaking medical doctor for both Tenerife North and South

A review about a top dental clinic for loaded Implants in Europe in Tenerife where even French is spoken besides English, German and Spanish

English speaking dentists in Tenerife.

Over 60 travel insurance .

Very important news October 2016 for heart health in Spain and Tenerife.

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. 

Hospital NS Candelaria renumerated in Spanish for cardiology

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.

Also, Hospital Candelaria had a track record of 559 organ transplants with 44 new livers in 2014   

Centros de salud

  • Definition of Centro Salud: Health care center by the government social security
  • For whom? For residents and expats with Spanish NIE numbers as well as European Blue Cards from their home country
  • Locations of the centers? In most parts of Spain and in almost all Tenerife suburbs or small towns.
  • Health care in Spain type? Consultation, medicine prescriptions, written transfers to doctors or hospitals
  • Tourist alternatives to Centros de Salud? Instructions by travel insurances, private doctors or private health clinics, such as Centro Medico Vida at Las Arenas, 73 of Puerto Cruz or hospitals and Hospiten during week-ends and holidays.

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.

What about an emergency doctor's appointment in Spain?

An emergency doctor 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.   

The UK Brexit and health care in Spain?

Unfortunately, nobody knows yet if the Brexit will bring to an end all according agreements between the UK and Spain by 2018.

Important tips for health care in Spain and Tenerife with private insurance only.

  1. Never call 112 for an ambulance when you have a private medical insurance. Use the private insurance emergency number instead to avoid high charges.
  2. The Centro de Salud is only for Europeans who have a blue card i.e.belong to a social security system
  3. Only visit doctors who are part of your insurance policy
  4. Don't check in to the university hospital Candelaria by yourself either, as it is unlikely to be part of a private medical insurance.
  5. Be prepared to have to prepay for any emergency visit to a Hospiten if not sent there by your private insurance or alternatively by a Centro de Salud

Patients with social security medical aid card

  • Use Centros de Salúd, Medical Centers or go
    straight to a Hospiten or to the Hospital Candelaria for emergencies
  • Always required for health care in Spain:
    NIE application or NIE ID number,
    your European ID card or passport
    and the European health card.
  • Dial 112 for health emergency and/or an ambulance (also for fire)
  • Out-patients and emergency health care in Spain

    Mind that you the foreigner can't leave a hospital Hospiten room without paying first. You will be refunded, once back home.

    How avoid prepayment of Hospiten hospital stays?

    Get your over 50, 65 and over 60 travel insurance which doesn't exclude any other age to avoid such problems with health care in Spain for tourists. To the contrary, no money needs to be prepaid when you become stationary in a university hospital, such as Candelaria. However, finding the way to that hospital in the Santa Cruz traffic jungle is another mission. Even a cab to get you to medicare may present a problem at certain times of the day.

    Medicine payments for social security card holders.

    Mind that all or almost all your medicine is free or cheaper in Tenerife provided that you have the blue European card which helped a German expat to save  €179 per month on cancer drugs, while many were free.

    Also, a room had  been reserved for the terminally ill 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 at home for hospital routine check-ups at regular intervals.

    Expat Elizabeth who is in her Eighties would not swap  her medical care  in Spain Tenerife with the UK she told me. The ex UK nurse also said that hospitals in Great Britain had changed so much to the worse. 

    Tenerife Doctors and dentists who speak foreign languages

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