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 Irregular immigrants will go to health centres, but without health card

Immigrants who are in Spain illegally once again have the right to access to primary care in the Spanish National Health System (NHS) but will not recover the card that was removed with the approval of the reform in 2012. This was announced this Tuesday in an interview with Efe the Spanish Health Minister, Alfonso Alonso, which defends this decision by "public health issues" because it is "more practical" and "not saturate emergencies”.

The illegal immigrants must comply with certain requirements for accessing to primary care, such as: keeping a minimum registered, to be defined, and to have a document – not a sanitary card - that only give them the right to be cared for in a community and is valid for one year but could be renewabled.

Now the goal of this program, which must receive the approval of the communities, is also entitled to the allocation of professionals in the field of primary care and to receive diagnosis, prevention and basic treatments, "all according to the pattern a primary care physician within the framework of basic portfolio of services, "said Moreno.

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