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La Laguna proposes preferential health card 

La Laguna is proposing the creation of a preferential health card for certain pathologies.

The card would facilitate priority access and accompanying medical consultations of children with ASD, people with Alzheimer’s and people with cerebral palsy.

 Deputy mayor, Mónica Martín, said this resource would serve to “favour the accessibility to certain health services of patients diagnosed with a need for preferential care”, thereby reducing “as far as possible” the waiting time for consultations and ensuring permanent support during health care.

“We want to avoid the long waits on the part of this type of person in rooms full of people with other patients who complain or cry because they are sick and that can become a stressful situation for them. The immediate consequence is to enter the doctor’s room in a state of nervousness and anxiety,” she said.

The councillor noted that this preferential health card already exists in other autonomous communities, qualifying that this would in no case grant “any additional health right” to the patient who receives it. Its usefulness would be in health centres, primary care clinics, outpatient hospital care and emergency services.