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Old 31st March 2013, 12:23 AM
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Hi, I was wondering if anybody could help me with this.
I have a friend that doesn't speak spanish, and he needs a primary care Dr in the costa, preferable between torremolinos and mijas, in the public system

Does anybody know of such a person?, english speaking Dr in the public system?

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A number clinics have interpreters; some doctors can speak English but in our experience there are not that many.

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Hi, I was wondering if anybody could help me with this.
I have a friend that doesn't speak spanish, and he needs a primary care Dr in the costa, preferable between torremolinos and mijas, in the public system

Does anybody know of such a person?, english speaking Dr in the public system?

thanks!
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In the public system surely you have to go to the health centre that corresponds to you, and also to the doctor that you have been allocated? In my health centre you are allocated a doctor, but then you can change for what ever reason - timetable, prefer a doctor of the same sex etc.
What I'm saying is that as far as I know you can't choose the health centre, but you may be able to change your doctor, so your friend needs to go and ask if there is a doctor that speaks English or if there are interpreters available in the timetable that s/he has.

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I found several - we lived in Benamadena and the local Spanish health centre had several - if not all doctors that spoke English, in varying degrees, but all could sort out a medical problem. The same in the hospitals, which as Thrax pointed out, would have interpreters. There are also several private clinics with bi/trilingual doctors. Its all very much like the UK, altho there seem to be more private doctors, altho that could be that they advertise and become more noticeable

So your friend needs to register with the local health centre

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In the public system surely you have to go to the health centre that corresponds to you, and also to the doctor that you have been allocated? In my health centre you are allocated a doctor, but then you can change for what ever reason - timetable, prefer a doctor of the same sex etc.
What I'm saying is that as far as I know you can't choose the health centre, but you may be able to change your doctor, so your friend needs to go and ask if there is a doctor that speaks English or if there are interpreters available in the timetable that s/he has.
that's how it works around here, too

but apparently it's different in Andalucía - the OP has put this link on another thread Libre eleccin de mdico y centro - Servicio Andaluz de Salud


I haven't had a read of it yet though, to see just how much freedom of choice there really is

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that's how it works around here, too

but apparently it's different in Andalucía - the OP has put this link on another thread Libre eleccin de mdico y centro - Servicio Andaluz de Salud


I haven't had a read of it yet though, to see just how much freedom of choice there really is
Ahh OK.
I had heard of this, but hadn't realised that it wasn't just the doctor you could choose, but also the centre.
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that's how it works around here, too

but apparently it's different in Andalucía - the OP has put this link on another thread Libre eleccin de mdico y centro - Servicio Andaluz de Salud


I haven't had a read of it yet though, to see just how much freedom of choice there really is
I was in Andalucia!! and its the same as the UK - as long as you have the correct paperwork!

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I was in Andalucia!! and its the same as the UK - as long as you have the correct paperwork!

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I've had a quick read of it now - & although it says that you can choose - it also says that your choice can be denied & they don't have to tell you why

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I've had a quick read of it now - & although it says that you can choose - it also says that your choice can be denied & they don't have to tell you why

You can choose and they can refuse. Logic says you need to choose a healthcentre close to you - those trying to choose one that isnt may well be refused - why would anyone want a doctor a million miles away and why would a doctor want a patient a million miles away???? So most health centres will take you on if you have the correct paperwork - I guess the only thing that may put them off is how costly you're history suggests you are??? Altho thats the "unspoken"!!!!!!

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I've had a quick read of it now - & although it says that you can choose - it also says that your choice can be denied & they don't have to tell you why

In my area they always deny requests for change. The doctor you want to change to has to sign an agreement to take you on as a new patient, and they always refuse to sign. They're not willing to take on extra work.

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