As is generally the case in Spain, the system of healthcare in Barcelona is excellent and holds a good reputation among both locals and expats. Even international patients have taken notice of the country's exceptional treatment, and a fair amount of foreigners travel to the city as 'medical tourists'. As a result, both the public and private healthcare sectors in Barcelona have risen to meet the challenge.

The Catalan public health system is known to locals as CatSalut and offers largely subsidised care for those who have a Targeta Sanitària Individual (TSI) healthcare card. Alongside the health card, expats will need an NIE number and Empadronamiento to access state healthcare. That said, it is often associated with long queues for simple examinations or seemingly endless waits for routine operations.

EU citizens can use their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to access state healthcare here during a short-term visit. UK citizens can make use of their Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which replaced the EHIC for UK citizens post-Brexit.

Expats moving to Catalonia are advised to make use of the robust private healthcare system in Barcelona and to invest in private health insurance. Private hospitals in Barcelona tend to be less crowded and more efficient than their public equivalents.

The Catalan capital is home to more than a quarter of all of Spain's private clinics, and such a wide variety of options has raised the standard of care in the cosmopolitan centre.

That said, expats can be assured that they will be treated by highly qualified doctors at public healthcare facilities if opting for that route. 

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Hospitals in Barcelona

Below is a list of some of the most prominent hospitals in Barcelona:

Hospital Plató

Address: Carrer de Plató, 21, 08006

Centro Médico Teknon

Address: Carrer Vilana 12, 08022, Barcelona

Hospital Universitari Dexeus

Address: Sabino Arana 5-19, 08028, Barcelona

Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children's Hospital

Address: Santa Rosa Street., 08950, Esplugues de Llobregat