Normal medical care
Within the public system, standard and free health care is available first through the general practitioner who treats the patient or if necessary refers the patient to a specialist.
To have access to primary health care the Individual Health Card (TIS) is required or to have been granted approval for the request for health assistance. In the Basque Country, this assistance is offered by the Basque Health Service-Osakidetza, which has a network of public health centres.
There are also a number of private centres which are not generally free.
General health care timetables
Getxo has two health centres, where you can ask about the surgery hours of your allocated GP or specialist.
Medical appointments may be requested on- line.
Medicines may be purchased at the chemist’s. Many of these require a medical prescription.
Existen distintos descuentos en las recetas que proporciona el sistema público, en función de la situación personal (personas trabajadoras, pensionistas, perceptoras de Renta de Garantía de Ingresos…)
Medicines dispensed by private clinics are not entitled to any discount, and the full price must be paid.
There are a number of night chemists open outside the normal schedule.