HEALTH

SALUT

Welcome to Catalonia's health system.

Everyone who lives in Catalonia is entitled to healthcare, regardless of their administrative status.

Public healthcare is free of charge and is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health (Departament de Salut) of the Catalan government.

The Catalan health system is based on a combined model that incorporates all of Catalonia's health resources, whether state-owned or otherwise, into a single, publicly accessible network, and which reflects a tradition of organisations (mutual benefit societies, foundations, associations, centres run by churches) historically devoted to the provision of healthcare.

061 CatSalutRespon telephone service

With a view to helping health workers and foreign patients to communicate with each other, the Ministry of Health (Departament de Salut) has set up a 24-hour telephone service called 061 CatSalut Respon, via which an interpreting service is available to health workers and to professionals whose work involves health-related aspects of immigrant reception.

Nonetheless, if you do not understand or speak Catalonia's official languages, you should try to visit your doctor in the company of a relative, friend or acquaintance who can help you to communicate.

As users, you may call the Sanitat Respon service if you have any questions about your health or the health service. However, only health workers may request the interpreting service.

Some health centres have translation and intercultural mediation services on their premises.

061 CatSalut Respon service:
http://bit.ly/1b9gdcc