Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
There are no vaccinations required before arriving in Barcelona.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
All European-Union citizens are entitled to medical care if residing in Spain. The Catalan health provider is called CatSalut. Until arrangements are made to obtain the Spanish residence card (which enables you to join the Spanish social security system), it is advisable to obtain the E111 form in your country prior to arrival in Spain. This form entitles you to health care in Spain when attending a public medical center or hospital.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
Once you have your residence card, you can register at your local doctor at the nearest CAP (Centre de Atenció Primaria), a public medical center.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No, it is not necessary, Catalan healthcare is modern and comprehensive. Some private medical insurance providers offer special policies for expats.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
In case of any emergency, dial 112, the European emergency number.
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
Depending on the emergency, you can either dial 112 or go to the first-aid section (Urgencias) at your local public hospital.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
A pharmacy is called Farmacia, easily recognizable by a lit green cross.
Is the water safe to drink?
Generally, it is possible to drink water from a tap, but quality and especially taste may vary. Most people buy their drinking water at supermarkets. There are also delivery services that provide water directly to your residence.
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