Normal medical care
As in the rest of the Basque Country and Spain, medical care is free for all those in employment or who do not have sufficient economic resources. In the Basque Country medical care is available on the Basque Health Service, Osakidetza, within its public health centre network.
There are also a number of private centres which are not generally free.
Normal free medical care is provided in the first instance by the patient’s GP, who treats patients or sends them to a specialist if necessary.
Patients will need the Individual Health Care Card (TIS) to see the GP.
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.
Those holding the TIS card are entitled to a discount from the system.
Medicines are free for pensioners and the retired.
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.