45% of all Andalucian medical centres will close in the afternoon this summer

The Andalucian health service (SAS) has announced that it will close around 45% of all medical centres in Andalucia in the afternoons this summer. The move will save Andalucia around 6,4 million euros in salaries, but will allow the SAS to concentrate resources on coastal medical centres to deal with the influx of tourists. The idea is to close medical centres during quiet periods in the inland towns (between 2pm and 8pm) and reinforce services Continue reading 45% of all Andalucian medical centres will close in the afternoon this summer

So, will you lose health rights in Spain? Yes, if you’re not registered!

OK, so what’s happening with this cutback on health services? Here’s the brief scoop, as I understand it: The new law takes effect on the 31st of August and on that date: All illegal immigrants in Spain will loose their health rights, and if they have a health card, this will expire. If they have a residency permit in Spain, then they will continue to enjoy the same health rights as other citizens. All European Continue reading So, will you lose health rights in Spain? Yes, if you’re not registered!

Andalucian health service finds the cash to pay medicine bill for September (rest of year in doubt)

Here’s a news story you may not have seen in the English press, despite its grave importance. The Andalucian Health Service (known as the SAS), has managed to come up with 160 million euros to pay for all the medicines prescribed during September, despite having earlier told the guilds of pharmacists that they wouldn’t be able to meet the bill, as Andalucia had run out of cash to pay its medicine bill for the last Continue reading Andalucian health service finds the cash to pay medicine bill for September (rest of year in doubt)

Almeria hospitals to start issuing “ghost invoices”

La Inmaculada (Huercal Overa) and Torrecardenas (Almería city) hospitals will both shortly start issuing outpatients with “ghost invoices” facturas fantasmas in an effort to educate people about the true cost of their visit to the doctors. The idea is that all patients will be issued with an invoice (which they don’t have to pay, it is for information only) detailing the cost of their visit, plus the medicines consumed, and explaining that yes, that “free” Continue reading Almeria hospitals to start issuing “ghost invoices”

15 new medical heliports to be built across the province

The Ministry of Health has announced plans to build 15 new heliports across the province to expand it’s heli-ambulance service. Adra, Abla, Albox, Berja, Carboneras, María, Laujar de Andarax, Ohanes, Pulpí, Serón, Tabernas & Vera will all get new helipads. The idea behind them is to expand coverage, allowing serious patients to be taken to local medical centres before being airlifted to regional hospitals. Seems there are five medical helicopters in this region, which are Continue reading 15 new medical heliports to be built across the province