Arranging to see a doctor in Spain

What hours do doctors work and how much does a consultation cost in Spain? Is the treatment prescribed good quality? Here is some useful information about medical services in Spain.

 

Seeing a doctor in Spain

 
When can you see a doctor in Spain?
Generally, doctors’ opening hours are:
Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 17.00.
Consultations with your doctor are held either in the morning or the afternoon.
Appointments are made through an interactive voice response service which offers a number of timeslots using your insurance number.
 
How much does it cost?
Consultation with a GP: about €60 in the private sector, free in the public sector.
Consultation with a specialist: €70 to €110 in the private sector, free in the public sector.
 
How good is the quality of care?
Equipment is at the forefront of technology, in public hospitals as well as private clinics and practices.
Waiting times to see a specialist in the state system are very long, unlike in the private system.
 
What languages do doctors speak?
It is easy to find doctors who speak French and English in major towns and cities.
 
Date of publication May 3 2012