The public healthcare system in this country is pretty good. Under a reciprocal agreement between European Union governments, residents of EU countries can receive free medical care when visiting another country – that includes Spain.
Of course you may need as many opinions about Spanish doctors as many patients undergo treatment. Usually you may count on professional care and high standard of service.
Hospitals are generally well equipped with an efficient and fairly rapid service. If it is an emergency you do not, of course, have to be referred by a doctor.
If you have to stay in hospital and do not speak Spanish, you will find that even in smaller cities there are usually a couple of doctors and a nurse or two who can speak English. But if not, they will do their best to help you. If you do not speak the language it would be wise, if you do not have a friend who speaks Spanish, to at least take along your Spanish/English dictionary or phrasebook.
Pharmacies are usually open from 9.30 am until 2pm and from 5pm until 9.30pm Mondays to Fridays and from 9.30am until 2.30pm on a Saturday.
Throughout Spain the number to call for a medical emergency is 061. In each province however it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the address of your nearest hospital and its own emergency number. In any city there is more than one hospital for accidents and emergencies.
In 2013 there was 160 registered IVF clinics in Spain. Patients often choose this country because of donor shortages, the cost of treatment and dissatisfaction with the treatment they had received at home. Sometimes their decisions are connected to legal reasons. As a reason to have treatment abroad couples also mention high success rates in Spain.
Minority experience problems including unexpectedly high costs of treatment, language barriers or the lack of choice of an identifiable donor.
Spain is safe and good choice if you consider undergoing in vitro with donor eggs abroad. It is wise to gain all information and check opinions about the clinic you wish to trust before you plan your trip. You should pay your attention to standards they follow, procedures available in the IVF center, experience they have, the base of donors and the organization of donor selection process and costs, of course.