top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Franco-Spanish hospital opens

A new hospital in the Pyrenees is the first to be run by French and Spanish authorities

EUROPE’S first trans-border hospital opens its doors tomorrow in the heart of the Pyrenees.

The hospital is 1,200 metres up, on the isolated Cerdagne mountain plateau which is shared by both France and Spain and will treat both French and Spanish patients.

Set in the centre of the small Catalan village of Puigcerda, just two kilometres over the border in Spain, the hospital will serve the village’s 10,000 inhabitants but will also offer healthcare for the 33,000 residents of the Cerdagne and Capcir valleys either side of the border.

Administrated as a joint project between the Languedoc-Roussillon and Catalan authorities as the Groupement Européen de Coopération Territoriale-Hôpital de Cerdagne (GECT-HC), it took longer than expected to open.

Setting up the logistics was complicated - the two countries had to work out how to address different issues including how to declare births and deaths, how to share medical records and how to reimburse healthcare fees.

The number of people making use of the hospital could rise to 150,000 during high season in summer and winter, so it is also geared up to look after foreign tourists, skiers and hikers.

The 64-bed hospital has an accident and emergency department and is equipped to perform emergency operations and births. It employs both French and Catalan staff so that patients can be sure of being understood in their own language.

The pioneering project, which was given substantial funding from EU regional development funds, was subject to feasibility studies over the last 10 years and was found to respond to a real need in the area.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now