The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands reminds that on Friday, October 5 the deadline set by the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare ends for the withdrawal of the new individual health card, a document that is valid throughout the national territory.


Up to August 31 in the Canary Islands had already delivered 1,339,726 of new individual health cards, representing 68.88% of the total of 1,945,097, since last December 18 began the process of renewal of this documentation that will be valid throughout the National Health System.


By islands, 598,151 cards have already been delivered pending 241,394, in Gran Canaria 526,807 have been collected and 249,009 are pending, in Lanzarote 90,400 have been delivered and 44,949 remain, in Fuerteventura patients have already collected 53,505 pending 43,811, in La Palma have already delivered 51,712 and left 20,542, in La Gomera 11,513 were collected and 4,511 remain, while in El Hierro 7,638 were delivered and 1,155 have not yet been collected.


The health card, which can be collected in the administrative areas of their respective health centers, is the main document that identifies health users and facilitates access to services and benefits, while allowing adequate planning of resources in Demand function.


The new health card, which contains the personal identification data and the identification code assigned to each user by the SCS, includes two printed codes, one security code and a bar code with the conversion of the autonomous CIP code.


Also, a reference number of the type CSV (Card Security Value) that appears on the bank cards is added to this new card, which is a unique six-digit number for each card and which only appears physically in it. This number is something additional that serves to protect the owners and ensures that they have in their possession the correct card at the time of performing any action with it.

Document accrediting


The Canary Islands health card is the document that allows citizens access to public healthcare and pharmaceutical services. Currently, at least 25 percent of SCS users lack a physical health card, since what they have is a document issued on paper that although it is equally valid when recording their affiliation number, can cause problems in the use of the pharmaceutical benefit and when it is required to be attended in any device of the National Health System when traveling to another Autonomous Community.