It is important to make the distinction between the public health service (an universal right, public service and free of charge under many circumstances) and private healthcare. Any foreign visitor or new citizen may be entitled to use the public health service provided certain provisions are met and paperwork and bureaucracy has been done in advance.
Public Healthcare in Sitges: In order to access the public health service, a patient must be in possesion of the "Tarjeta Sanitaria Individual" or "TSI" (personal healthcare card), which certifies he/she is covered by the Catalán Health Service "Servei Català de la Salut" also known as "CatSalut". This healthcare card is unique to each individual and must be shown at the pharmacy if you wish to benefit from any of the prescribed medicines that may be subsidized by the public health service. The personal healthcare card is free of charge and may be requested by any person living in Catalonia who has registered with their municipality.
To obtain the card, in Sitges you must go to the "CAP" (public health centre) and provide the necessary documents: passport or ID card; "libro de familia" in the case of minors born in Spain; a certificate proving you are registered in your municipality or town "certificado de empadronamiento" - request this at the "OAC" citizens help bureau; a "certificado de convivencia" confirming your beneficiaries (children and/or spouse) live with you - you may also request this at the "OAC" citizens help bureau; an original & photocopy of your Spanish social security document "documento de afiliación a la Seguridad Social". As new citizens, you may request the "Tarjeta Sanitaria Individual" despite not having yet obtained a Spanish social security number.
There is no hospital in the municipality of Sitges, however the closest public hospitals are:
Hospital-Residencia Sant Camil Ronda Sant Camil, S/N 08810 KM.0 SANT PERE DE RIBES Telf. +34 93896 00 25
(Less than 3km away)
Hospital Comarcal de Sant Antoni Abat c/. Sant Josep, 23 08800 VILANOVA I LA GELTRU Telf. +34 93893 16 16
(Less than 10km away)
"CAP" health centre in Sitges
It is a part of the public health service and offers first aid, primary care, general medicine, paediatric medicine, clinical analisis and some specialist doctors.
Currently the Sitges CAP is open from Monday to Sunday from 8am to 8pm.
The cost of private healthcare may vary in function of the medical specialist visited. There are no standard fees. Some doctors with a private practise have agreements with medical insurance companies.