MADRID'S La Paz University Hospital is the best in Spain, according to a panel of experts, and Valencia's La Fe hospital is 10th-best in the country.
Research based upon the opinions of patients and healthcare professionals conducted by marketing firm Analysis and Investigation, and financed by the Business Monitor of Corporate Reputation (MERCO) found that the top private hospital in Spain was the University Clinic of Navarra in the north, followed by three others in Madrid – the Montepríncipe, the Sanchinarro, the Quirón and the Ruber Internacional.
As for State hospitals, the five best are found in the capital and in Barcelona, the survey says.
Hospital Clínic i Provincial de Barcelona, the Gregorio Marañón in Madrid, the Vall d'Hebrón in Barcelona and the 12 de Octubre in Madrid are second, third, fourth and fifth respectively.
The top 10 public hospitals in Spain include Madrid's Ramón y Cajal University Hospital, the Virgen del Rocío in Sevilla, the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Madrid, the Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona, and the La Fe hospital in Valencia.
Other private hospitals in the top 10 are all in Madrid – the Sanitas La Zarzuela and Sanitas La Moraleja – or Barcelona, the Quirón, the Quirón Teknon and the Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor.
The first-ever reputation-monitoring research on Spain's hospitals to be carried out, the study involved 2,399 medical experts including doctors, nurses, patients' associations and health journalists who analysed 186 quality and service indicators.
Hospitals were also studied to see which ones were the best in individual specialist areas.
Madrid's La Paz came out top in dermatology, surgery, venereology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, rheumatology, orthopaedic surgery, traumatology and urology.
Barcelona's Hospital Clínic rated best in nephrology, pneumology and digestive medicine, whilst the Gregorio Marañón ranked highest in cardiology and psychiatry, the 12 de Octubre in general surgery, the Ramón y Cajal in ophthalmology and the Vall d'Hebrón in oncology.
Outside of Spain's two largest cities, Navarra University Clinical Hospital – a private centre – came out best in oncology.