Barcelona has become the capital of European medicine over the last ten years, focusing primarily on the treatment of highly complex cases: most foreign patients choose Barcelona to ensure they receive the best treatment possible for the most difficult cases in oncology, minimally invasive surgery, pediatric surgery and oncology, and intensive neurorehabilitation.
THE CATALAN HEALTH SYSTEM’S OUTSTANDING INTERNATIONAL PRESTIGE
The WHO recognizes the Catalan health system as among the most efficient in the world and quality rankings by independent experts (like Lancet, Newsweek, Bloomberg, etc.) rate the Spanish, and particularly the Catalan, healthcare system as among the world’s best, ahead of countries with leading healthcare models like France and Germany. The extensive training of medical staff, the widespread use of the most advanced technologies and techniques, and a rigorous control and safeguard system are features that define one of the best healthcare systems available today.
THE REPUTATION OF THE BEST SPECIALISTS IN BARCELONA
Many of Europe’s leading specialists work in Barcelona: Dr. José Baselga, Javier Cortés, Josep Tabernero, Rafael Rossell (oncology), Eduard Gratacós (fetal medicine), Raul Abella and José María Caffarena (pediatric heart surgery), and surgeons Antonio de Lacy, Juan Carlos García-Valldecasas, Ramón Cugat, and Antonio Alcaras are just some of the world’s leading authorities in these fields who practice in Barcelona.
TREATMENT EFFECTIVENESS BACKED BY OBJECTIVE RESULTS
Barcelona hospitals –particularly those that also offer their services for the national health system– are required to audit their results and present them for comparison with the best centers in the world. And the region’s hospitals excel in a number of areas; to name just a few, hospitals in Catalonia have one of the highest survival rates for complex operations in the world and are the best in a range of surgical procedures (transplants, pediatric heart surgery, etc.). The average length of stay in Catalan hospitals for cases of acute patients is just five to seven days and they register some of the lowest number of complications and post-surgical infections in the world. Catalonia also has the lowest infant mortality rate in Europe at 2.63 per 1,000 live births (the second best in the world).
LEADING CENTERS IN A RANGE OF SPECIALTIES
Several internationally renowned centers, many of which are global benchmarks, are located in Barcelona. For example, it would be difficult to find a more prestigious cancer center in Europe than the Institute of Oncology IOB. Its specialists rank among the world’s top oncologists and are the creators behind new techniques, diagnostic procedures and new therapies. Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona – a hospital specializing in the fields of pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics – is one of the most prestigious pediatric centers in the world, and the Guttmann Institute, one of the world’s leading neurorehabilitation centers, is also located in Barcelona.
INNOVATION IN MEDICINE
Barcelona health centers are indisputable pioneers in biomedical innovation: the world’s first full facial transplant, the first in-womb operation on the bronchial tubes of a 21-week-old fetus to save the baby’s life, and the first removal of the gallbladder via the mouth are merely a few of the international milestones reached in Barcelona hospitals. More clinical trials are carried out in the field of oncology in Barcelona than in any other place in the world. And there are many discoveries in the field of oncology, neurology and regenerative medicine that were published for the first time by doctors and researchers in Barcelona.
CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY IN AN EXCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT… AND BARCELONA ITSELF
Next-generation technology meets the highest level of comfort, warmth and excellent treatment by medical staff at Barcelona hospitals. First-rate centers have been designed taking into account the highest modern standards of comfort and functionality, in which each detail serves to make patients and families as comfortable as possible during their stay. And combining treatment with a stay in Barcelona –a city on the Mediterranean with a fantastic climate and spectacular energy that is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful and “happiest” cities in the world– is crucial, clinically proven to be a contributing factor in keeping patients and their families in a positive state of mind.