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TOWN HALL REACHES AGREEMENT WITH MARINA SALUD FOR SIP REGISTRATION
Residents may now start the process for receiving health benefits through the OAC and HelpDesk

Thursday 27th February 2014

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Residents will soon be able to obtain SIP cards through the Oficina de Atención al Ciudadano (OAC) and Help Desk, thanks to an agreement between the Ayuntamiento and Marina Salud, the company in charge of health care in the Marina Alta region. Councillor Óscar Antón (Resident Care) explained that proper access to health care can be difficult for those coming from abroad, especially those who are elderly and have problems with the language.

Along with a lack of awareness of the right to healthcare, this was the main problem that was identified during the chats for residents that were organised by the OAC Help Desk and councillor Antón decided to speak to Marina Salud to find a solution. An agreement has now been reached to allow newcomers to start the process for applying for a SIP card at the same time as they register onto the municipal register - el padrón - at the OAC in Portal del Clot. Once the process has been begun, Marina Salud contact the applicant in their own language to inform them of their rights and benefits.

Maite López, head of management and patient assistance at Marina Salud, added that the simple procedure would be voluntary and that there would be no cost to the applicant. It would also serve to make all residents aware of their rights to health care and the preventative campaigns such as flu vaccination programs or early detection of breast and colon cancer. She said that a similar system was already in place in Calpe with good results.

Councillor Antón concluded by saying that he hoped that this new incentive would help to improve applications for entry into the municipal registry which is very important for Jávea in terms of receiving government funding for services and other facilities in the town. Therefore it is important that every resident in the town registers themselves onto the 'padrón' - it has been estimated that between 7,000 and 10,000 residents have not done so.


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