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Regular health care

Regular health care

Within the public system, standard and free health care is available first through the general practitioner who treats the patient or if necessary refers the patient to a specialist.

To have access to primary health care the Individual Health Card (TIS) is required or to have been granted approval for the request for health assistance. In the Basque Country, this assistance is offered by the Basque Health Service-Osakidetza, which has a network of public health centres.

There are also a number of private centres which are not generally free.

General health care timetables

In Ermua, there are several health services and it is in Ermua Health Centre where the designated primary health care doctor or the relevant specialist's consulting hours are available.

Medical appointments can be made on-line or by calling the local health centre.

Urgent medical care is provided in Ermua Health Centreand in other centres within the Basque health service/a> over 24 hours.


Medicines may be purchased at the chemist’s. Many of these require a medical prescription.

There are various discounts available on prescriptions issued in the public system depending on each person's particular situation (employed, pensioners, those receiving the Income Guarantee Grant…)

Medicines dispensed by private clinics are not entitled to any discount, and the full price must be paid.

Since the introduction of electronic prescriptions, a Medical Card must be presented at the chemist in order to receive the medication prescribed.

There are a number of night chemists open outside the normal schedule.


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