There are a large number of private health clinics in Andalucia. Most towns will have a number of specialist doctors practices or health clinics. The equivalent in the state system is called 'Ambulatorio' or 'Consultorio' even the smallest village will have a consultorio. Hospitals that patients can stay overnight are found in the larger town and provincial capital cities.
Private health care in Andalucia
The private health care sector in Andalucia and particularly private health care on the Costa del Sol covers every possible medical speciality available. Specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, gynaecology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, pneumonology, urology, psychiatry, rehabilitation are just a few of those providing private medical service in southern Spain. Advantages of private health care are:
There are a number of privately operated heath clinics in Marbella for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service. The state run facility is called the '… More →
There are a number of privately operated heath clinics in Estepona for patients to go without referal as an alternative to the state health service. The state run facility is called the '… More →
There are numerous advantages to choosing a doctor at a private health centre. Chief among these is the personalised, professional, patient-centred care you can expect to receive. Doctors in the private sector are able to spend more time with patients which means they can not only diagnose and treat, but also educate those in their care.
Another important advantage to private health care in Andalucia is the focus on preventive medicine. Whereas the public health system is designed to deal effectively with medical emergencies as well as illness and disease in an advanced state, the private sector not only helps you effectively manage illness and chronic disease, but is also designed to meet the needs of those wishing to prevent illness and preserve health and well-being.
Assessing Health Risk Factors
At private centres you are more likely to find a wide range of general and specialised medical testing and health check-ups. Specialists in internal and preventive medicine can also provide a careful assessment of your risk factors and advise you regarding your own personal need for medical screening and/or lifestyle changes. Many private clinics and hospitals can offer a full range of medical testing and check-ups by an integrated team of specialists on site.
Yet another advantage to private medical care is speedy treatment. Whether you are trying to see a doctor for the first time or need to see a specialist or receive ongoing medical treatment, a private clinic or hospital will most often serve you much faster than is possible in the overloaded public system.