Navigating Medical Assistance and Emergency Care in Malaga: A quick guide to where to go

As a Belgian currently in Malaga and someone who barely gets sick, I never anticipated facing a medical emergency here. However, when it happened, I learned a valuable lesson about seeking medical assistance in Malaga and abroad in general. I visited multiple hospitals, only to find out that I needed an “European Health Insurance Card, EHIC.”. I am writing this article to make sure that you do not make the same mistakes as me and prioritize healthcare documentation when travelling.

Emergency Services

In case of an urgent situation requiring an ambulance, call 112 for general emergencies or the ambulance service at 061. If you do not need an ambulance but still need urgent medical care, visit a public health service hospital or private clinic.

Public Health Services Hospitals

Hospital Materno Infantil, Hospital Regional Universario de Malaga and Hospital Civil are your three options. Note that Hospital Civil and Hospital Materno Infantil are 12–15 minutes by walk from the city center. Hospital Regional Universario is a bit farther away so your best bet is to take a taxi to get there fast. Of course, if it’s not that urgent, you can always take public transportation.

Private Clinics

Hospital Dr. Gálvez, Hospital Vithas Parque San Antonio, and Hospital Quirón offer 24-hour services. If you are staying in Malaga City Center, all three private clinics are easily walkable. These private clinics aren’t the only ones that are open 24/7. The previously listed public health services are also 24.7 available.

General Tips

EHIC: As previously mentioned, the Emergency Health Insurance Card is a blue European health card. If you possess this card, you can get medical assistance for free in Spain and other countries in Europe. If it’s not fully free in another country, at least you will get a reduced price. Without EHIC, you have the option to visit private clinics. However, visits cost between 20 and 50 euros, depending on the clinic.

It is important to note that even if you have insurance, you will have to use your own money to pay for the visit. Therefore, make sure you carry receipts for medical expenses and share them with your insurance later. Always have a valid identification card or passport, credit cards and printed insurance with you when visiting a hospital.

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