The Catalan Health Service is recognised as one of the best in the world thanks to its highly qualified medical staff, the widespread use of the most advanced technologies and techniques, strict control and assurance of good practice.
Specialist training is distinguished by its selection system, the strictest and demanding of the educational system. The Faculty of Medicine has the highest entry requirements of all degree courses on offer. After long, challenging training under the direction of the most highly regarded doctors, to become a specialist, junior doctors must pass the Médico Interno Residente (MIR) [Resident Doctor] exam, one of the most demanding and highly recognised exams in the world. After practising as residents for many years, doctors often complete their training in the world's top centres in their speciality.
Organisation of the system encourages hospitals to use the most innovative techniques, which means that some of the interventions and procedures are being performed for the first time in the world in our hospitals.
There is also strict State control and a system of legal guarantees in place which ensure the reliability of health care and the use of the latest technologies in both public and private medical centres.
The city of Barcelona is home to some of the most renowned specialists and world leaders in innovative and minimally-invasive techniques.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and independent ranking experts list the Catalan Health Service as one of the best in the world.
Just some of the other achievements:
• The survival rate in the most complex interventions in Catalan hospitals is one of the best in the world, and ranks as the best in a number of surgical procedures (transplants, paediatric cardiovascular surgery, etc.).
• Using the most advanced techniques allows hospital stays to be reduced, the average admission in the case of acute patients being 5 to 7 days. 70% of surgical procedures are done as outpatient surgery.
• Barcelona's hospitals have the lowest rates for postoperative complications and infections.
• Catalonia has the lowest infant mortality rate in Europe (2.63 per 1,000 live births).
• Life expectancy in Catalonia is 82 for men, among the highest in the world, and 85 for women, the highest in Europe.